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City’s First Composting Toilets Unveiled at New $2M Prospect Park Restrooms

(DNAINFO)  Rachel Holliday Smith | June 28, 2017 — Now that’s what you call a soil flush.

New York’s very first composting public restroom is now open in Prospect Park, giving parkgoers an eco-friendly place to do their business as part of a $2.34 million renovation of the park’s historic Wellhouse.

The small 1869 brick building — the last remaining structure in the park created by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Prospect Park’s designers — was originally built as a pump station for the park’s manmade waterways, but has been out of use for more than 100 years.

But thanks to its recent renovation, it will now be used as a public restroom with specially designed composting toilets and an environmentally sustainable drainage system.

According to the Prospect Park Alliance’s architect Alden Maddry, all solid waste from the new toilets will be diverted to compost tanks underneath the building where worms will convert it to nutrient-rich fertilizer, he said on a tour of the restrooms, which opened Monday.

Source: City’s First Composting Toilets Unveiled at New $2M Prospect Park Restrooms – Windsor Terrace – DNAinfo New York