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SF Considers Composting Toilets

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"We've been working hard to clean up the Tenderloin and this is another step," said Gia Grant, executive director of Clean City, which is working with the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District and Hyphae Design Laboratory to create a portable composting toilet for public use. "They could make sense everywhere there is a toilet," said Eric Brooks, chair of the San Francisco Green Party's sustainability working group. A "composting toilet" is different than a traditional toilet because it doesn't use water and the waste doesn't get emptied into sewer pipes. Instead, the contents are collected and sorted and brought to farms. The toilets, however, need approval from several city agencies, so don't be on the lookout for a composting toilet in the TL anytime soon. [SF Examiner/photo via Shutterstock]