Originally Posted by jobi
personaly id never dump wast where it can afect others...
And yet I would doubt that you could find a handful of municipal sewage systems in North America that don't regularly engage in "controled releases" when it rains, the systems are over flowing or the many other reasons they do. Often directly into our lakes, streams and oceans.
Are our landfills in watersheds? If they are there are much worse things to worry about than the threat of e. coli serviving the trip.
Most trash is handled by transfer stations that deliver to incinerators. What better way to rid the beasts?
Perhaps that'll be the next in environmentaly correct usage-like buffalo chips in the early west- dried for bbq fuel
. (Or should that idea be on the cruising for $500/month thread?)
I don't propose dumping where it would endanger anyone or our fragile environments at all. I do question how best to go about achieving that goal. The off shore contributions from cruisers seems to me to be one of the best solutions (besides composting on land) and the bucket, especially with a vent installed and even better a crank, also with urine seperation, is more likely to enable that eventuality as intervals between needing pump outs or emptying is greater than with most holding tank
instalations. As to dumping solids from the system down the toilet, unless it's done by the use, I fear you may have problems and furthermore, it'll probably be going into a municipal sewage system and quite likely be contributing to the problem more than it would be being incinerated and turned into power. Should all the cruisers who have the little sign that says "paper in the trash" be flushing
toilet size loads when they bring it ashore? Disposeble diapers be washed and soaked in chlorine before being thrown away? (Yeah, my kids
never had one touch their little bums, we washed cloth-and even traveled with tupperware with washcloths for wipes- but because of the use of paper and plastic and the waste generated in the process and transportation- wasn't concerned in the least about the fact that e. coli might make it through being burned...). Durring my stays at marinas
I use the land heads. My glorified bucket holds more than I could fit a holding tank
for at half of the manufactures stated capacity (they say 60-80 solids uses but letting it go too long with constant usege starts to get heavy and threatening when emptying) and is far more likely to make it offshore
where it can be dealt with responsibly. If it doesn't make it offshore, is it really more of a threat to society in the trash than the sewage system? I say no. You may differ. Of course the best solution would be to intall compost bins by the dock
but somehow I think truely responsible solutions would be rejected for some reason....