Chemical portaloos shunned in favour of cost effective Kazubaloo
When Finchley Horticultural Society learnt in 2008 that the council would no longer pay for toilets on leased sites such as the Gordon Road Allotments, they were faced with a problem – how to find an alternative that was not only cost effective but also environmentally kind too? Kazuba and their eco loo seemed the perfect solution.
Previously, the allotment had been provided with a portable chemical toilet every month, but at a cost of £1650 per year this was no longer feasible. Confronted with this dilemma they formed a small working party to investigate their options and settled on the Kazubaloo – for them the most environmentally friendly, accessible and cost effective solution.
The Kazubaloo is a waterless toilet system that requires no electricity, chemicals or mains sewage connection. Instead, it harnesses wind and solar power to dehydrate and evaporate waste into a safe and odourless material that can be added to the compost heap. The design of Kazuba’s KL2 prm cabin meant that the loo would also be accessible to elderly and disabled plotholders, as well as families with young children. This was exactly what allotment members were looking for.
Andrew Brown, from Finchley Horticultural Society, says “we rejected a mains sewer system because of the high costs and also dismissed the cess pit and septic tank drainage options as we thought the Environment Agency wouldn’t grant permission. After lots of research, it was clear that a composting [SP] toilet was the best option – and that’s when we got in touch with Kazuba. The company were a pleasure to deal with and everyone’s very pleased with the results!”
Helped by National Lottery funding, the loo came into use in August 2009. Other allotments in London have taken the group’s lead and also installed Kazubaloos – in East Finchley alone five loos are in operation.
Kazuba’s Managing Director James Young explains “the facility that we installed is known as the KL2 prm and based on its current usage at the site, it’ll only take five to six years to recoup its cost – after that, the allotment will actually be saving money by not using a chemical portaloo. Generally, portaloos are not only expensive but also not very environmentally friendly and we’re delighted the society realised this and came to us as an alternative.”
For more information about Kazuba, please visit www.kazuba.co.uk