Toilet waste

where do caravaners with toilets empty wast .given that most wayside toilets work on bacteria and chemicals would interfere with the process [alot of people dont know how a septic system works].just my thought on this sunday morning as the toilet is getting full on the houseboat and i will have to drive it to a poo barge to empty.cheers warren
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 08:52

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 08:52
Books such as Camps 6 list all public dump points in Australia that can be used for this.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:38

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:38
The problem is he can't sail the boat to them.

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Follow Up By: Member - warren G (VIC) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:00

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:00
no sails on a house boat but when the wind picks up trying to park a 48x16 block of flats can be a bit tricky .a bit of touch parking goes on
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 08:38

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 08:38
His question was: Where do caravaners dump this waste?

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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:03

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:03
The camps books are great, but also there are web sites that list the points, for example this link.Dump Points
I am glad you mentioned the problems with dumping into wayside toilets. Unfortunately a lot of travellers either do not care or do not know the problems and a lot of smelly toilets are such because of irresponsible travellers.
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:36

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:36
Hullo Kevin
My understanding is that napisan type products, when used in portable loos, are OK to dump in wayside toilets.
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Andrew
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 10:05

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 10:05
The owners & cleaners of the wayside toilets may choose to disagree with you!
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:06

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:06
Most try to use dump points but a large number will drain into pit toilets or dig a hole out the back of a wayside stop. Unfortunately when the tank is full it seems it must be disposed of ASAP. You are right though Warren many folk dont understand the way a composting or septic system works & the problems emptying a chemical loo has on them. In short the majority of chemicals used to nuetralize the stink will also kill the bacteria in the toilets that break down the solids meaning they will smell & require pumping out more frequently.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:31

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:31
Firstly, Napisan products will not adversely affect the function of a septic tank.

Secondly, digging a hole and burying it is fine. All you're doing is putting a canister in the chain events between backside and ground.



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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:53

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:53
As GB said,"Napisan products will not adversely affect the function of a septic tank"
Those other chemicals that Thetford etc recommend I believe contain "Formaldehyde" which is ok for town sewerage systems? bur not for septic.
It is also usefull if you wish to embalm a log or two for prosperity.

Vote 1 for Napisan every time.

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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 17:55

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 17:55
oi Barry,

when you say "a log" I presume you mean the wooden, tree-like version and not the type that you unburden yourself from?

Just clarifying.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:07

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:07
Formaldehyde will petrify both of 'em.

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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:18

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:18
Steve, that would be the latter:)

GB, 1 will petrify, and I guess the other will putrefy.

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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:24

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:24
I'd back one of mine to petrify formaldahyde
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:37

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:37
I presume that Nappisan is Chlorine based, and that stuff is knocked out by waste matter from any source.

Personally if you get caught short, just dig a hole, and dump it in.
After all long drop "dunny's" work that way., and they are everywhere.

Don't stress just dump it.
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Follow Up By: Lex M - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:47

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:47
Napisan does not produce chlorine. That would destroy a septic system.
It produces hydrogen peroxide which decomposes fairly quickly, which is why you need to redose periodically.

For more information google "sodium percarbonate"
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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 20:07

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 20:07
Like Lex said:)

Napisan for Septic, and the post-hole borer/shovel in the bush works for us:)

I think were done!
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:43

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:43
Does the houseboat have a holding tank or a cassette under the bowl? If it is a removable cassette you may be able to motor to a town with a van park near the river that has a dump point you may be able to use that.

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