Composting Toilets Short Course

Composting Toilet

Discover why dry/compost toilets are environmentally significant. Learn how to plan for, design, and build a wooden dry/compost latrine.

This practical course sets the scene to make the “case” for compost toilets in some situations, explaining how to meet regulatory requirements and concerns in the Welsh context.

This will be followed by building a twin pit dry compost latrine and providing an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other. It is intended to build this first compost toilet as a high-quality exemplar that can inform the design and build of some of the potential future facilities on the BMC campus as it is developed. The course is intended for anyone who might wish to build their own compost toilet, is interested in the human waste nutrient cycle or just wants to build things from wood.

What will I do and learn?

  • Understand the environmental problem and why compost toilets are important.
  • Learn about regulations and risks of compost toilets.
  • Learn how to site, design, build and operate.
  • Understand the life cycle costs of compost toilets.
  • Engage in the practical building of a twin pit dry compost latrine.
  • Introduction to building a female/male urinal.

Key Information

Date – Saturday 30th April 2022 from 9am – 5pm

Location – at our Troed yr Harn Campus – Hospital Road, Talgarth, LD3 0EF

Our campus is a car free site, and we encourage participants to meet at 9am at Talgarth carpark (LD3 0PG) to walk up to the campus ready to start the course for 10am. This is a moderate uphill walk of 35-40 minutes.

What you need – You should wear suitable, weather-dependent PPE including gloves, and good, sturdy boots.

Please bring a water bottle and a packed lunch for a picnic at the farm.

Tea and coffee facilities available free of charge.

Who will I learn from?

Richard Luff

Richard is an international public health engineer who designed the compost toilets for the 90,000 Bhutanese refugees who fled to Eastern Nepal in 1992. He also is former-director of the National Forest Gardening Scheme and co-coordinator of Oxfordshire Trees/rewilding Community Action Groups. He used to work as a construction engineer and spend 30 years in international disaster management for organisations like Oxfam, DFID, UNICEF and the Red Cross. His life work is now focused on well-being in nature, through involvement in green social organisations and green issue campaigning/activist groups.

How much does it cost?

We would like our short courses to be available to all regardless of ability to pay. We, therefore, ask you to pay what you can towards this event. We have some tickets available at a lower rate of £20, and some available at higher rates of £50 and £75. If you will struggle to purchase a ticket, please get in touch with us at

Please note that spaces on this course are limited. We operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.



This course is rated as 3 (least accessible) on our scale of accessibility. Read more about our accessibility policy, T&C’s, and book your tickets on via Eventbrite.


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