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Picaloo Tours at Picardo P-Patch, Seattle

This post is about two and a half weeks late. Apologies.

April 9th The Picardo P-Patch in Seattle, Washington hosted a gardener gathering to kick off the spring growing season.

According to Trent Elwing, organizer, “Tours were part of Saturday’s (4/9/11) activities including a stop at Picaloo.  Gardeners got a how-to on making deposits and then the porch floor was swung up for the turd’s eye view.”

The P-Patch is a community garden where neighborhood residents keep plots. The Picaloo is a Clivus Multrum M54 Trailhead that’s available year round to gardeners.

Enjoy a few photos from the event courtesy of Trent:

Composting in the Sky

The New York Times covers the new Subway at the Freedom Tower Construction site. Clivus Multrum composting toilets serve the workers and will rise with the building as it goes up. The Subway restaurant will provide lunch in the sky so workers don’t have to travel as far. All the food waste from Subway will be composted in a Clivus Multrum composter and eventually used as fertilizer.

A few notes on the NYT article: “The waterless toilets and urinals are cleaned by negative pressure that pulls the waste into an evaporator that turns much of the sewage into steam.” is not quite accurate. The negative pressure neither cleans the toilets nor moves the waste. Here’s what we think the author was getting at: The waterless toilets and urinals are kept odorless by negative pressure that pulls air down through the composters and out through a chimney. Gravity and a small amount of soap convey the waste to a tank where liquids are separated and pumped to an evaporator while feces are composted. Both these processes dramatically reduce the volume of waste.

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Source: New York Times, New York City, NY