It has been known that toilets that are not connected to the sewer system are entering the parks of Ipswich.

Plans have been announced to replace the toilets at Castle Hill, Dumbarton Road, Murray Road and Whitehouse Park with composting toilets for the disabled and wrapping compost.

The toilets will use solar energy for lighting and will not be connected to main water or sewers, the Ipswich Borough Council said.

As an alternative to hand washing, hand disinfectants are provided to further reduce energy and water consumption.

The composting toilets work by having two vaults under the floor for composting, each one being used after the second is full.

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The urine is separated and drained to the side.

Councilor Phil Smart, portfolio owner of Ipswich Borough Council for Parks, said, “Access to quality public toilets is something we know is important for park visitors. Energy and water use will be reduced in line with our broader climate change strategy .

“Similar toilets are already in use at some of the community’s allotments and we think they would be a great addition to our parks.”

The toilet would pay for itself over time by saving energy, water and sewage costs.
– Credit: IBC

The Ipswich Borough Council executive will review plans to install composting toilets at a meeting on Tuesday, September 7th.

And when they give the green light, IBC will approve a budget for the new composting toilets of £ 72,000, which will allow a budget of 20% over estimated cost in the event of unforeseen installation problems.

The toilet would also pay for itself over time through savings on energy, water and sewage costs, claims IBC.

It is forecast that replacing the current facilities with these composting toilets will also reduce CO2 emissions by 1.48 tons per year – equivalent to the CO2 capture of 75 fully grown trees.

When everything is agreed, the council will consult the local councils and friend groups of the four parks to choose areas where the toilets could be installed.