Image: front cover Buy Print Book Now
  •  CDN $32.95 
  •  USD $32.95 


Buy Ebook Now
  •  CDN $32.95     CDN $21.40
  •  USD $32.95     USD $21.40

Paperback – 352 pages
7.25 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 708 Grams
BISAC: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Waste Management
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717879
Pub. Date: 2016-02-01

About the Author

Dan Chiras

Dan Chiras is founder and director of The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, which offers workshops on residential renewable energy and green building. He speaks extensively on renewable energy, green building, and sustainable building. He is also the author of over 30 books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and Power from the Sun. He lives and farms in Gerard, MO.

view author profile

The Scoop on Poop

Safely capturing and recycling the nutrients in greywater, humanure and urine

by Dan Chiras



Flush it and forget it is the plumbing mantra of the industrialized world. Most people just want sewage to go away, preferably without having to see, smell, or worse yet, touch it. But crap has a bad rap. Human waste is a valuable resource we can use to support food production. Blackwater, urine, and are actually rich in organic matter, and alternative means of handling these "wastes" can conserve enormous quantities of fresh water for other uses.

The Scoop on Poop presents a wide range of ways to answer the call of nature, and in so doing to maximize the benefits of existing waste water. This book explores proven alternatives to Western waste water disposal. Whether you're interested in composting toilets, outdoor grey- or blackwater planters, constructed wetlands, or other innovative solutions, author Dan Chiras will walk you through:

  • System pros and cons
  • Design, construction and maintenance advice
  • Costs, permitting issues and the safe treatment of composted waste.

All system plans are relatively simple and straightforward — enough so that the average homeowner can build and install them. Intended for readers who live in cities, towns and rural environments, this is a practical guide to safe, ingenious ways to capture the nutrients from waste and recycle them back into your soil to grow fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers — all without running afoul of the "ick" factor.

You might also enjoy

Building With Awareness

Building With Awareness

The Construction of a Hybrid Home DVD and Guidebook

Constructing a straw bale solar home requires the merging of solar design with alternative building techniques. Books are useful for accessing …

view title info
The Art of Natural Building - Second Edition - Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

The Art of Natural Building - Second Edition - Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

Design, Construction, Resources

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and …

view title info
Green Restorations

Green Restorations

Sustainable Building and Historic Homes

Some 40 percent of North Americans live in homes built prior to 1940, and when it comes time to remodel or restore our older homes, homeowners and …

view title info
Essential Sustainable Home Design

Essential Sustainable Home Design

A Complete Guide to Goals, Options, and the Design Process

Many people dream of building a beautiful, environmentally friendly home. But until now there has been no systematic guide to help potential builders …

view title info
Reinventing Green Building

Reinventing Green Building

Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It

Buildings and their associated systems are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world. The 2030 Challenge aims to produce zero net -energy …

view title info

New Society Publishers have decided to sell their ebooks without copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management) so that customers can enjoy full use of their ebook purchase. In return we expect our customers to respect this decision.

By clicking in the box below, you agree that you will:

  • NOT make illegal or unauthorized copies of our ebooks.
  • ONLY make copies of our ebooks for backup purposes.
  • NOT sell or give copies of our ebooks to family, friends, associates, etc., or upload to any file-sharing sites.
I agree to the above terms and conditions
Our ebooks are available in PDF or EPUB format.
Please choose the correct format for your device.
Buy PDF Version Buy EPUB Version