Incinerating toilet

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An example of an early (1904) incinerating toilet from the Lexikon der gesamten Technik

An incinerating toilet is a toilet that burns excrement instead of flushing it away with water.[1]


Toilet developed by RTI International is based on electrochemical disinfection and solid waste combustion[2]

Incinerating toilets may be powered by electric, gas, dried feces or other energy sources.[3][4][5] They are used in environments where human waste cannot be otherwise dumped, or where normal toilets are too expensive or cumbersome to install. Such toilets gather excrement in a holding tank and then incinerate it, reducing it to sterile ash. Some will also incinerate grey and black water created from showers and sinks. In 2011 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge to promote safer, more effective ways to treat human waste. Multiple teams under this program are developing toilets based all, or in-part upon solid waste combustion.


  1. ^ [1] "Water Efficiency Technology Fact Sheet - Incinerating Toilets", EPA 832-F-99-072 (1999)
  2. ^ [2] RTI Reinvent the Toilet Project Team - Technology Overview
  3. ^ "Eco Toilets". 
  4. ^ "Ecotech". 
  5. ^ [3]

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