Ecological sanitation (ecosan) is an innovative approach to managing human waste that contributes to a circular economy biological cycle. By treating waste as a resource, ecosan systems aim to reduce pollution, conserve water resources, and improve sanitation in areas without access to traditional sanitation systems.
What is Ecological Sanitation?
Ecological sanitation differs from traditional sanitation systems in that it treats human waste as a resource rather than a waste product. Key components of ecosan systems include urine diversion, composting toilets, and greywater treatment. By separating urine and feces, ecosan systems can more effectively treat and reuse these resources.