Let’s Legalize Composting & UD toilets in US

August 3, 2014
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recode-logo-vector-425-x-150Our friends at Recode have drafted model code for composting toilets with urine diversion (UD) and IAMPO is preparing to vote on it. This Portland-based group of scientists and policy advocates have made spectacular progress. Now Recode is calling on us to help make history. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to enable Recode’s Director to travel to California to address IAMPO officials. Details are in Recode’s message below. Here’s the DONATE button.

Summer Greetings!

We’re weeks away from finalizing a national composting toilet code that includes urine diversion.

Here’s some background. IAMPO (the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) noticed Recode’s current research and outreach and asked us to draft and submit the code. For the past four months, we have been taking comments and honing the language of this new code that will allow homeowners in North America to design and build toilet systems that protect the environment while meeting household needs and budgets. On August 22nd this draft code will go to a vote at the IAPMO Green Technical Committee Meeting.

Recode Director Melora Golden (center) with code change advocates

We want our Director Melora Golden to be there to make sure the code passes. Now we need $560 to cover Melora’s airfare ($300) and hotel ($260) at the IAPMO World Headquarters in Ontario, California. Your support can make these things happen:

  1. Give Recode a chance to answer clarifying questions and rally support to make sure the code passes.
  2. Enable Recode to build powerful connections with one of the largest code-making institutions in the US.
  3. Enhance Recode’s ability to receive grants; foundations are more likely to fund organizations with community support. 

Please support evidenced-based, environmentally-sound toilet code. Can you reach into your pocket? Or pass the hat at the next gathering of your environmentally-minded friends or colleagues? Ten donations of $56 will get us there. Can you do your part?

Please DONATE to Recode through our fabulously supportive fiscal sponsor, SouthEast Uplift, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

Thank you,

Molly Danielsson & Melora Golden 

Ashland Co-Housing

Ashland hosted a Recode session on ecological sanitation.

Okay, PHLUSH friends and followers, this code change is fully aligned with our mission. Let’s help Recode. Please share this request with others and on social media (using links below). Contribute what you can. To track Recode’s research and remarkable progress more closely, visit www.recode.org and sign up for Recode Updates.

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    8 Responses to Let’s Legalize Composting & UD toilets in US

    1. natevw on August 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I think the link for Recode at the beginning of the article should be: http://www.recodeoregon.org/

    2. Molly on August 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks so much to everyone for your support! We are almost there! $378 or 560 already raised!

    3. Raúl Rodríguez Ley on August 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      En Grupo de Tecnología Alternativa tenemos el Sirdo seco validado por autoridades sanitarias mexicanas y reconocimientos extranjerosa la Etnobiotecnologia SIRDO desarrollada por la Dra. Josefina Mena.
      El Sirdo Seco produce biofertilizante libre de patógeno su uso es sin separación de orina.

    4. admin on August 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Good to hear the regulatory environment in Mexico is favorable. Agreed, the composting and reuse of feces can take place without urine separation as well as with it.

    5. Raúl Rodríguez Ley on August 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Corrección al último párrafo:
      El Sanitario SIRDO Seco produce biofertilizante libre de patogenos.
      Su mantenimiento es el uso normal sin separación de la orina.
      En el mensaje anterior no entiendo como se modifico, apareciendo lo que no escribí “do BSG es pecado Separación de Orina”. Favor explicarme como apareció.

    6. Raúl Rodríguez Ley on August 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      El entorno regulatorio en México obedece a normas internacionales que las cumple el SIRDO.
      Nuevamente aparece algo que no escribo “do BSG es pecado Separación de Orina” favor de explicarme no comprendo la frase y desconozco que significan BSG. Gracias.

    7. Raúl Rodríguez Ley on August 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      La página correcta es http://www.sirdo.com.mx

    8. Chris van Daalen on October 3, 2015 at 8:16 am

      What’s the latest on this. Did IAPMO Pass it?

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