EcoSan/GroSan toilets

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The EcoSan and GroSan toilets are composting toilets designed to convert waste into a soil conditioning compost and fertilizer.

Product description Brand name and product description

The EcoSan and GroSan toilets are urine diverting dry toilets (UDDTs) and container based sanitation (CBS) systems with the additional capability of composting to convert waste into a soil conditioning compost and fertilizer. To avoid contaminating the environment, the toilets are built above ground with sealable containers, making them suitable for locations with high water tables or for disaster relief. The implementation of the toilets varies depending on the location and users, adapting for: schools, families, and urban communities.

The EcoSan model is designed to be a permanent twin chamber installation for household use and onsite treatment. The EcoSan blocks are designed for schools and offer separate private facilities for girls.

The GroSan model is designed to be semipermanent and moveable for urban community settings, with offsite treatment.

Both toilets rely on decomposition and dehydration to convert waste into a soil conditioning compost and fertilizer. The fertilizer products can then be sold to make a profit.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

India and Africa

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Sanitation First and Wherever The Need India Services (WTNIS)

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The fixed UDDT toilet model costs 700 USD (with no maintenance required), and the mobile unit costs 600 USD with an additional monthly maintenance cost of ~ 2 USD per family. Interview with representative in 2021

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Communities, schools, and families with sanitation needs

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