Prospect Park's New $2M Toilets Collect Human Waste For Composting

New waste recycling toilets in the old Well House, Prospect Park.
New waste recycling toilets in the old Well House, Prospect Park.
Photo: J.C. Rice

Prospect Park recently spent $2.34 million renovating the bathrooms inside the Old Wellhouse and included four special toilets which collect human poop for future composting. As the law currently exists, using human excrement in compost is illegal, but the Prospect Park Alliance see that changing in the near future.

“Right now, New York State doesn’t allow for the compost to be used,” said Prospect Park Alliance spokeswoman Deborah Kirschner. No problem though, says the Alliance, because the poop, like fine wine, needs to be aged for 10 years — enough time for the law to be changed. “We’re hoping by then we’ll be able to use it,”

“It’s benign and perfectly fine,” the bathroom’s architect, Alden Maddry, insisted. “It just makes people squeamish.”

via NYP

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