Alternative British ‘Bogs’

December 2, 2015

It’s hard to digest that even today in 2015, there are around two-and-a-half billion people on this planet that don’t have access to a sanitary toilet; in fact, nearly 1 billion people have to relieve themselves in the open. These staggering stats seem unimaginable to many of us within the western world, where a toilet (as we know it) is an expectation wherever we go, a fundamental necessity, something we simply take for granted.

So before we venture on to a light hearted blog, perhaps we should all take a moment to just let that sink in.

If you would like to, you can do your part to help such a dyer situation by donating to and supporting some of the fantastic charitable organisations out there that strive to make a difference. WaterAid and WorldToilet are two of these.


Let’s Love our Lavatories

In the UK you will find that fortunately, there are many alternatives to the ‘standard’ flush toilet. Whether having no connection to the sewerage network or wanting to choose a more environmentally friendly option (water flushed in our toilets accounts for around 30% of our household’s yearly water consumption) here are some of the alternative toilet systems that currently operate within Great Britain.




Some Privies to Pick From:

  • Composting Toilet

An environmentally friendly option, these toilets transform liquid and solid waste into safe compost. They don’t use any chemicals and utilise microbes found in the air along with the moisture and nitrogen which occurs naturally in urine.

  • Incinerating Toilet

These turn any human waste into anodourless hygienic ash, incinerating the content in the lower chamber of the unit and releasing any vapour through a fan situated on the side.

  • Dry Toilet

This waterless toilet separates liquids and solids. The liquid is piped through the unit to a container, whilst the solid waste goes to the back of the unit into a contained compostable bag. Once full it needs to be removed from the unit and placed outside to compost for around 12-18 months.

  • Chemical Toilet

This type of toilet uses chemicals to deodorize the waste instead of storing it; these toilets are a common sewerage treatment in caravans, aeroplanes, festivals and building sites.

  • Cesspit

These are sealed, watertight underground tanks that capture all untreated waste. They are usually discreet systems that are buried underground in the garden, covered by a manhole and easily accessible for waste management companies to empty. These need to be emptied regularly by a registered waste carrier to prevent overflowing.


To get your cesspit emptied or for more information on the treatment of your sewerage, contact your total waste management company, GD Environmental.