Could this incineration toilet be the key to Durban’s water woes?

Could this incineration toilet be the key to Durban’s water woes?

Forget flushing! This modern marvel incinerates waste instead of relying on water.

Incinerating toilet
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The internet is buzzing about these modern toilets that incinerate waste instead of relying on litres of precious water.

This isn't some futuristic prototype – this innovative toilet has been around for years. But with growing concerns about water, it’s been getting a second look in recent years.

Here's how it works:

Instead of a flush lever, it has a foot pedal. After using the throne (and a disposable paper liner – no one wants mess!), you press the pedal, sending the waste down into a special chamber. 

With a push of a button, the chamber ignites, turning your deposit into a mere whisper of ash.

The burning process takes around 90 minutes, but the end result is a tiny amount of ash compared to what went in. This ash can be emptied weekly or more often, depending on usage.

This is a game-changer for many residents who struggle with a lack of water in their areas. Traditional toilets are notorious water guzzlers, flushing away at least six litres with every press.

Before you get excited, let’s look into the nitty gritty.

The Cinderella’s self-contained incinerating toilets, for example, have been on the market for more than 25 years and will set you back a whopping R80,000. The Incinolet on the other hand starts at R50,000.

The next time you contemplate your environmental impact, remember – the future of toilets might involve burning your business away, quite literally. Take a look at one of these modern marvels in action: 

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