Get Started with a Compost Toilet · Complete buying guide · Save time and Money

Knowing what to buy can be tricky if it's your first time installing a compost toilet. That is why we try to make it simple in this guide. Plan for your space. Get what you need and get back to your life. Simple solutions solve the problem by eliminating it. 
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Get Started with a Compost Toilet · Complete buying guide · Save time and Money

The Switch is Easy

Switching to a compost toilet can be an easy process, often taking less time than removing your old toilet. By following this comprehensive guide, you’ll discover exactly what you need to make a compost toilet work for you.

Steps to Get Started
Step 1 (One)

Assess Your Needs

  • Usage Frequency: Determine how often the toilet will be used. Full-time usage requires a larger capacity than occasional use.
  • User Capacity: Consider the number of users to ensure the toilet can handle the waste volume.

OGO™ ORIGIN is designed to accommodate a volume of 25 - 30 solid waste deposits and has a 2.4 gallon urine bottle.

NOMAD by OGO™ is your quick and portable option. Holding up to 12 solid deposits and 1.2 gallon urine bottle.

Step 2 (Two)

Choose the Right Type

  • Electric: Works great for boats, RVs, travel trailers, vans, off-grid homes. 
  • Non-electric: Perfect and portable for all quick setups, weekend trips, and emergencies.
Step 3 (Three)

Consider Key Features

  • Ventilation: Plan for your space. Air movement is key to composting not odor control. If you are in a small space you may want to vent to the exterior, having a shell vent will keep debris and pests out.
  • Agitation Mechanism: Helps mix the compost, speeding up the decomposition process. You can choose one with a power agitator like the OGO™ ORIGIN or a layering method like the NOMAD by OGO™
  • Urine Diversion: Choose the bottle or plan to bypass with a drain kit. Most plumb to the grey water 

Installation Requirements

  • Space: Measure the area where the toilet will be installed to ensure a proper fit.
  • Ventilation: Microbes need air to break down the waste. Plan to pipe out venting or ensure you have a High CFM Fan.
  • Power: The NOMAD does not need electric, but the ORIGIN will need a power source to function properly. A 12V DC | 10 amp | Lithium Battery 

Other Things to Consider

  • Wet-Bath: Both our models can be used in a wet bath but ensure adequate airflow and power components are safe. A wet bath cover can help with this.
  • Drain Kits: Installing a drain kit can bypass the need for a urine bottle.
  • Power Options: The OGO™ ORIGIN runs on a 12V DC power system. If you want to plug into a 110V AC a power adapter can help.
  • Choice of Medium: The NOMAD by OGO™ can house a range of compost mediums thanks to the layering system. Multiple compost mediums can be used but for the OGO™ ORIGIN, we suggest only using coco coir or sphagnum peat moss.
Step 4 (Four)

Get it and Go

  • Install: We try and make it easy, but if you have questions, remember we are here for you. We have also tried to provide help with our resource center.
  • Keep it Clean: After each use, you can sanitize with the provided spray bottle. We suggest a 1:1 ratio with distilled water and vinegar. Remove contents and deep clean the unit weekly.
  • Dispose: The compost mixture can be discarded in a plastic bag, we suggest a compost-friendly bag. Tie the bag closed and place it in the trash. Check with your local guidelines. The urine can be discarded in nature or into existing plumbing.
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