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Separett F.A.Q's

Separett Villa Capacity: 

Does the Separett toilet function well for women? 

Yes. The urine bowl has been tried and tested by both older and younger women to ensure that the urine is separated into the right place. Furthermore an extension for the urine bowl is included in the Separett Villa. The Weekender model does not include the extender for the urine basin as does the Villa. Women using the Weekender may need to take more care while urinating. 

Does the Separett toilet function well for small children? 

Yes. A urine separating Child seat that is included with each Separett Villa . This seat does not properly fit our other models. Our experience shows that children quickly learn how to sit correctly.

Can I use Separett toilet function in cold rooms? 

Yes. Separett toilets are not room temperature dependent, since there is no composting process inside the toilet.

Can the Separett toilet tolerate freezing temperatures? 

Yes. However, at very low temperatures indoors, you need to be extra careful, as the plastic becomes more brittle.

Separett Solids Container 

How often should the Separett Villa be emptied? 

If four people are using the toilet on a daily basis, then a container will last about 3-4 weeks, depending on how much toilet paper is being used. Since the final composting is done outside of the Separett toilets, they do not actually have a total capacity limit as other composting units do. If you have an event or times or a lot of use - you simple empty the liner of the holding chamber more frequently. The Separett Villa comes with two containers and a stock of ten compostable liners. Additional containers and liner bags can be purchased if required.

How is it possible that the Separett container with solids so rarely has to be emptied?

Urine accounts for about 85% of the waste volume and is routed separately away from the toilet. This increases the storage capacity for solids greatly. The container is easily replaceable and if the amount of users increases one only change containers more often. The Separett Villa comes with two containers. Additional containers can be purchased if required giving the toilet virtually unlimited capacity. 

Should I add anything to the Separett solid waste container?

In the container inside the toilet, the contents should be left to dry and lose volume. Never add bark or anything since it may contain larva which can develop problems with flies. We recommend putting a Separett Absorb in the bag inside the container, since it keeps the contents dry and thereby odorless.

What do I do when the Separett container is full?

Put the lid over the container, tilt the container towards you and use the sliding surfaces to remove the container from the toilet. Place the container in a suitable location outdoors. A few shovels of soil are added and the lid replaced, but with a slight opening that allows the solids to vent. Leave like this for six months. 

Why use Separett compostable waste bags?

Yes. We recommend using Separett Compostable waste bag since it designed to endure the conditions inside the toilet and during the storage period. It will slowly disintegrate in the ground or in a composter. Each toilet ships with a roll of ten bags. Additional bags are available on our website. You might also check local resources for compostable bags, which are becoming more available in the general marketplace.

Are bags included with the Separett Villa? 

Yes, the Separett Villa comes with 1 roll of bags.  But if you need more, we have the GMO Free compostable Waste Bags by Bio Bag available and the Separett Compostable Waste Bags also work.

How long time does it take until the Separett Compostable waste bag disintegrates? 

There is no simple answer to this question because the disintegration is depending of the biological activity in the ground or composter and to the exposure of sunlight. Since the bag is designed to endure the conditions inside the container, it will also disintegrate slowly in the ground or in a composter. We recommend that once in use - you not leave the bags n the solid waste container beyond six weeks.

Which type of toilet paper should I use with Separett? 

You can use normal toilet paper. We do recommend not using highly quilted multi-ply paper as it takes longer to decompose. 

Shall I throw toilet paper in the Separett container?

Yes, toilet paper helps keeping the contents of the container dry and divided which facilitates the handling after the storage period.

What happens with the solids inside the Separett container during the 6 month storage period? 

Note, however, that this method does not produce ready-to-use soil. What happens is that the bacteria in the soil "consume" the faecal pathogens, thereby rendering the content harmless. It is then ready to be composted or buried in order to decompose fully. Toilet paper can still be seen after six months, but will rapidly disappear when the content is composted or buried.

How do I compost the solids?

After the 6 months storage period, you can compost the content in a normal composting bin, a garden compost heap, or a pile of leaves. If you use a compost bin made for latrine (waterproof bottom and lid) it is not necessary to store the solids in the container. Instead it can be put straight into the compost bin without being stored in the container first. 

Separett Odors and other concerns 

Are there unpleasant odors indoors with Separett toilet? 

No. By separating the urine from the solid waste, and venting with the fan which helps to dry the solid waste and vent any odor - there will be no unpleasant odors in the room. When installing the toilet, make sure that the venting pipe is properly sealed with silicone. The easily accessible fan filter should be cleaned regularly as well as the insect net at the end of ventilation pipe.

Are there unpleasant odors outdoors? 

Because the urine and feces are not mixed, there is never any latrine-type odor from a Separett toilet. A certain amount of odor may be present outdoors however, when and shortly after the toilet is used. If the venting can be routed to the back of the house, it is usually suffice to just route it straight through the wall. If the venting pipe must be routed through the gables or to the front of the house, it should be extended upwards or routed through the roof. A tack or vertical vent going through the roof-line is always the preferred installation for venting. Air over the top of the vertical vent will aid In the venting, where a horizontal vent may be needing to overcome an apposing breeze. 

Are there unpleasant odors from the leaching bed/soak-away? 

No. It does not smell since the urine is let out in the ground and diluted with rain. If a holding tank is used for the diverted urine, it is important to have a vent on the holding tank. This is normal for a gray water tank. I the tank is not vented, any developing odor has not where to escape except back through the toilet. The fan will help to vent this - but may not overcome the odor of a large holding tank. If using a gray water tank - it is advisable to at a p-trap not the run of the urine drain between the toilet and the tank, just as other sinks or showers would have between the devise and the holding tank. This will assure that any odors from the tank will not back up to the toilet.

Are there unpleasant odors from the Separett Ejektortank? 

No. The urine odor is drawn into the toilet through the hose and then blown through the toilet ventilation system. By the time it is expelled outdoors, it has been mixed with so much air that the odor is unnoticeable .

Does the spreading of urine cause unpleasant odors? 

This depends on the extent to which it is diluted with water. If a Separett Ejektortank is used, 1 liter of urine is mixed with 8 liters of water. This may result in a faint odor, but it will soon disappear. You can speed the process by adding more water or spreading the mixture at night or when it rains.

Are flies a problem with Separett toilets? 

Problems with flies are uncommon with Separett toilets. However, flies may enter the toilet if you leave it for a week or so with the fan switched off and the container with solids still in place. The fan should always be operational. If flies do get in to the toilet, change or empty the container, clean it thoroughly, and use fly spray on the toilet and container several times during the following week to remove any remaining larvae. Never add mulch, bark or any other organic matter to the solid waste holding area because it can contain larva which can develop problems with flies.