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Pissing on compost to save energy

Peeing in open is considered unhygienic but a UK-based NGO is promoting the idea claiming it “saves both on water and the energy used in flushing the lavatory”.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2009 01:12 IST

Peeing in open is considered unhygienic but a UK-based NGO is promoting the idea claiming it “saves both on water and the energy used in flushing the lavatory”.

The National Trust, which campaigns on climate change, has asked men to urinate outside on compost heaps to help fertilise gardens and save on flushing the lavatory.

“An average flush of the lavatory can use anything from four and a half to nine litres of water each time, but what people may not realise is that this water is treated to the same standard as drinking water and shouldn’t be wasted,” said Tamzin Phillips, the Trust’s ‘compost doctor’.

Urinating on the compost heap activates the composting process helping to produce a ready supply of organic matter, reported The Telegraph.

Pointing that male urine was better than female one as it is less acidic, the Trust said, urine also speeds up the chemical process in the compost heap making it a better fertiliser.