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Human waste can pose big problems for the environment – just ask Mullumbimby composting toilet expert Garry Scott.

Mr Scott works with Byron Adult Community Education (ACE), and will this month conduct a one-day workshop called ‘Introduction to Composting Toilets: Getting Your Shit Together’. He’s encouraging locals to sign up.

Garry is responsible now for the installation of well over 1100 systems in ordinary homes luxury tourist accommodation, tipis back in the hills, Himilayan monasteries and of course, his own home in Mullumbimby, near Byron Bay.

The figures suggest Lismore is the current composting toilet capital of Australia – but Mr Scott believes Byron Shire residents have the potential and desire to take the lead.

He says opting for a composting toilet is the way to go. “You don’t have to be wealthy and whether you’re a landlord or tenant, in an urban or rural dwelling there are composting toilet systems to suit your needs,” he says.

Garry builds his own composting toilets for customers, but he also recommends ordering them online, or buying locally, right off the shop shelf.

“Get it right and there are no smells, a safe useful product with huge water and other environmental savings,” he adds.

With diminishing water supplies around the country, more and more people are opting for waterless loos, he says.

“Hundreds of people are opting for the outdoor dunny – why not do the same,” says Mr Scott, “and take pride in your toilet.”

You’ll need $15 to participate in Garry’s Intro to Toilet Composting course through ACE Byron Bay. It’s scheduled for next Monday October 27 – interested locals can email

Posted October 20, 2008 

Published: Oct 20, 2008 3:28pm by philippa.

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