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How Does the Clivus Work

The process works on the same principle as an ordinary garden compost bin. Waste is collected into the composting chamber along with carbon rich material such as wood shavings and garden clippings.


Here the materials gradually decompose in the chamber's aerated environment. Baffles and air channels in the tank control airflow and this accelerates the composting process

The Clivus Does Not Smell

No need to worry about smells! A small electric fan in the vent pipe creates airflow within the system and ensures that any toilet room smells are drawn away - leaving less odours than even a flush toilet.


The Clivus is Completely Natural

The decomposition process is a totally natural one. Chemicals are not used as they would only harm the various composting organisms.

The Clivus is Easily Cleaned

The toilet bowl is easily cleaned with biodegradable cleaner and a toilet brush. Because of its straight-through design, it actually needs less cleaning than a regular toilet bowl. The seat and the outside of the toilet can simply be wiped with some disinfectant applied to a damp cloth.


The Clivus is Energy Efficient

The small fan positioned in the vent pipe is the only component requiring power and uses only a few dollars worth per year. Alternatively, we have optional solar power systems that require no mains power connection at all.


The Clivus Will Save You Money

The Clivus uses absolutely no water, as against a conventional flush system which can consume up to 30% of our household's total water usage. With more and more councils imposing charges on water consumption, this saving converts to dollars!


The Clivus Has Easy Access

This of course is essential should anything of value inadvertently fall down the toilet. The Clivus provides easy access via the inspection door. With other systems often the only access is via the toilet chute making retrieval extremely difficult if not impossible.


The End Result: Safe, Clean Compost

The end product is simply removed via a large hatch at the front of the composting tank and can be dug into the garden. In domestic circumstances this is usually necessary only once or twice a year; some households have found it unnecessary to remove any compost for up to two years. After a year or more in the processor the compost is safe to handle, has a fresh earthy smell, and feels and looks much like regular garden compost.