One person’s waste is another person’s fertilizer. The first composting toilet in the city has made its grand debut and, obviously, it is in Brooklyn.
To be specific, it’s in the beautiful Well House in Prospect Park, which was built in 1869 and is the last remaining structure in the park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
In addition to having a public (composting) toilet, the building also has a sustainable drainage system. Water from sinks and the toilet will be used to irrigate a garden outside, and all waste from the bathroom will be turned into fertilizer.
The toilets will also not be using much water, but rather foam. This will allow them to use 97 percent less water than a normal toilet.
“Whenever we have money for a capital project, we want to do it in the most environmentally friendly way,” said Prospect Park Alliance’s president, Sue Donaghue.