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Why dry flush toilets are becoming so popular in Australia

Been hearing a lot about dry flush toilets lately and wondering what they are and why they’re so popular? We outline their benefits in this informative article.

If you’ve heard a lot about Dry Flush Toilets lately, it’s for very good reason. They’re becoming more popular over time, and more and more people are looking for a way to reduce their reliance on utilities like water, waste and power from the grid by purchasing dry flush toilets. 

What are dry flush toilets?

A dry flush toilet is another name for a composting toilet. The term ‘dry flush toilet’ is actually a bit of a misnomer. With a composting toilet, you don’t actually ‘flush’ anything (unless you’re using a micro flush toilet, a type of composting toilet that uses a small amount of water to flush waste away). 

Most composting toilet models have a seat, a pedestal, and a container for waste, collecting both liquid and solid waste. 

Why are dry flush toilets becoming so popular?

There are multiple reasons for the incredible surge in interest and sales of composting toilets over the past few years. Here are just a few reasons you might want to consider installing one in your home.

Dry flush toilets are a great way to save water. 

The simple act of installing a dry flush toilet in your home can save the average household 30,000 litres of perfectly good drinking water.

Think about this the next time you go to the toilet. The average amount of urine a person passes is 400-500ml. A modern toilet on half flush uses 3 litres of drinking water. So every time you urinate in a toilet, you’re using 3 litres of perfectly good drinking water to remove 500ml of wastewater. 

Dry flush toilets get you off the grid.

If you’re looking for an easy way to be partially off the grid, installing a composting toilet is one of the easiest ways to do this. Reducing your reliance on utilities provided by your council or private operators (and their associated costs) means you live on your own terms. 

Dry flush toilets produce a usable byproduct.

When you install a dry composting toilet, you get top-soil-like humus that can spread on lawns, gardens and fruit trees. Just make sure you don’t add it to your vegetable garden or herbs etc. 

Dry flush toilets are an alternative to septic tanks

If you’ve ever lived in a home with a septic tank that’s had problems, you know it can be very, very messy (and smelly) to try and fix. Septic tanks run the risk of leaching waste into groundwater, and if the tank cracks or collapses, well... we don’t really need to spell it out for you, but it gets very messy very quickly. 

If you’re thinking of installing a dry flush toilet but have some more questions, talk to one of our representatives today on 1300 138 182, and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions. 

In the spirit of reconciliation, Ecoflo Wastewater Management acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. 




Ecoflo was the first company in Australia to sell composting toilets certified to the rigorous quality testing of Australian Standards. If you want to be certain your composting toilet has adequate capacity and is safe, you need a waterless composting toilet certified to the tough performance criteria of AS/NZS 1546.2:2008.

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