Composting Toilets Canada is an authorized dealer for Separett toilets
Urine separating toilets like the Separett represent the first true advance in this technology in many years.
Composting toilets have been slow to catch on, because of problems with odour. This has largely resulted from too much liquid mixed with solids. With too much moisture you don’t get compost – you get a stinking mass of raw sewage! By separating the urine from the solids the Separett toilets solve this problem – resulting in odour free, trouble free composting.
Separett composting toilets are only now becoming widely known in North America, although they have been used and proven in Europe for over 10 years.
Here is how the the Separett works:
Urine is separated in the bowl. There is a drain in the forward section. Urine will naturally flow into this drain when we sit on the toilet. If standing, you may need to aim slightly forward. Standing may result in splatter, therefore the manufacturer recommends that men sit down to pee.
The blue ‘trap door’ or ‘view screen’ seen in the toilet bowl on the right opens automatically when you sit down. The solid material drops down into the lower compartment, where it rapidly dries out and shrinks dramatically.
The urine drains away from the Separett, and is then disposed of in one of 3 ways. Urine is sterile (or very nearly sterile) and does not pose a health risk.
Soilds are contained in a lower bin, lined with a compostable plastic bag. The solids rapidly dry out, with the aid of a fan. This is critical to the success of the Separett, because the focus is dehydrating the material. To be blunt, dried poop does not stink. Because the material is shrinking rapidly, this bin will only need to be emptied about once a month or so, depending on the number of users. 2 bins (and 2 lids) are included with the toilet.
Solid waste never comes in contact with the inside of the Separett. It is all contained in the compostable bag. This makes emptying the toilet clean, fast and easy. You simply open the toilet, close the plastic bag, and take it outside to finish composting in a compost bin.
A big advantage of the Separett is that you have several venting options. Many other composting toilets MUST be
vented through the roof only, because of odor issues. The Separett operates virtually odor free, so direct venting through the wall is also possible.
All composting toilets should be ventilated. If they are not, any smell will have nowhere to go other than into the dwelling. A small fan (built into the Separett) is the best way to do this. If there is no power available, you can try a passive vent that rotates in the wind. If at all possible, I strongly recommend using the fan. You can use a deep cycle (RV or marine) 12 volt battery, and a small, inexpensive solar panel to charge it. That is all the power you need. I do understand that some people have very remote cabins, and don’t want the hassle of electricity.
Below you can see an outdoor toilet installation, with no power and a rotating vent.
This might be fine in an out building. In your house, you’ll need the fan to eliminate any chance of odor.
There are two Separett models, and the only difference is the fan. The Separett 9200 AC uses regular household electricity. You just plug it into a wall outlet. The two speed 9200 AC fan runs on 18 watts. The Separett 9210 DC runs on 12 volt electricity. This is perfect for off the grid situations or anywhere power consumption must be minimized. The one speed 9210 DC fan uses about 3 watts. The 9210 DC does come with a wall adapter, so you have the option of plugging it into a regular outlet if you wish. Both fans are very quiet, slightly louder than a whisper.
The dimensions of the Separett are as follows. These diagrams are in metric (sorry!).
total height 541 mm = 21.3″ height to seat 440 mm = 17.3″
wide 456mm = 18″ deep 672mm = 26.5″
The Separett is $1544 including shipping in Canada. ($1479 before shipping)
USA customers please visit the USA site. Call for shipping cost to other locations outside of Canada or the USA.
5 year warranty.
Made in Sweden by well paid and fairly treated workers.
You can purchase the Separett on my secure order page here
You can read frequently asked questions about the Separett here
This is an excellent video review of the Separett from a recent customer of mine.
Here is a video on installing the Separett
Typical Customer Feedback. Zero unsatisfied customers to date.
“I did a lot of research when looking for a composting toilet for the new rental house I was building on my property. I decided upon the Separett 9200 Villa that separates liquid waste from solid waste. It seemed to make sense that separating the solids from the liquids would increase the decomposition rate of the solid waste, keeping it drier as well, which in turn would decrease any unpleasant odours indoors. That was four years ago, and really, it was the smartest decision I could have made.The Separett toilet not only looks smart but it is the easiest, non fuss system you could use. For two people, the solid waste bucket gets emptied into the specially designated outdoor bin, for further decomposition, maybe once every 4 weeks. The liquid waste I simply diverted into the existing plumbing of the building, and there is no smell, none! Honestly, for a waterless system, it is clean and so simple to use that I don’t understand why every household, especially those in more densely populated areas, do not have one of these in their home. Not only that, but by doing a few very easy things to aid in furthering along the decomposition of the solid waste in your contained area outside, you can have the blackest, richest soil to use in your garden later! I will be using this system again, in a new building, soon to be completed, and when/if my current septic system in my own home finally requires a clean out, forget it, I’m putting in a Separett waterless toilet.”
– E. Posgate
“We really like the Separett toilet. It is perfect for the location of our log cabin in northern Saskatchewan. It works very well. This is a great product and the service we have recieved from you and your company has been exceptional. We truly do appreciate this service.” – Charles C.
“At first I was skeptical about the Separett being odorless. My first test the May 24th guys long weekend, do I need to say anymore. This toilet performed flawlessly, it’s easy to install, clean and maintain (emptied once a year). Need a new septic system? Why spend $25,000 when you can buy a Separett at a fraction of the price with less maintenance and hassle. – Barry J. Clayton.”
“I liked my brother’s Separett toilet so much I went out and bought myself one” – Wayne L.
“We love our Separett Villa. It is truly odorless and is very easy to maintain” – Bruce and Mary T.
“I love the Separett toilet. Works like a charm!” Brian L.
“This is one fantastic device!” Eric B.
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I have waited 25 years for an indoor toilet at our cabin and have done my fair share of research for the "perfect one". I thought I had it all figured out until I came across the Separett and am so thankful that we waited. We don't have power at our cabin so purchased a small battery for less then $50.00 to run the fan. A big concern that I had was that the vent would be quite close to an open kitchen window but I can assure you, there is no odor. Love my Separett and would highly recommend it. I personally think the bags are worth their price in gold ... super easy to just toss in the outhouse when leaving.
What a wonderful invention. We now own two of these amazing poop decks. There is no smell.
The vent above the cottage needs to be high enough for the breeze to catch the plume of smell. Otherwise the smell floats in the bedroom window. We live off of the power grid so our fan is solar powered. Very efficient. Another neat advantage is that the urine effluent stimulates the trees receiving it and we have what appear to be genetic anomalies. The leaves are 3 times their normal size. Kind of funny when guests ask us what kind of trees we have that produce such beautiful shade and can they have one to transplant. We highly recommend this toilet. When I found out today that compostable Glad tall bags doubled are a fraction of the price of the Swedish bags but work as well I was so satisfied. One last thing- When I phoned, I got a real person. This toilet beats an outhouse anyday when one is afflicted with IBS and proximity is a priority.