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EcoJohn Basic - Self Contained Composting Toilet

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  • EcoJohn Basic - Self Contained Composting Toilet

    The BASIC series composting toilet from EcoJohn consists of two waterless composting toilet models: one that operates on 12V DC and one that operates on 120V AC. The BASIC toilet uses a simple design, yet it is equipped with several smart features that make it highly attractive and popular.

    How the toilet works

    The BASIC series composting toilet is equipped with a separating and drying feature. The solid waste is collected in a special environmental box inside the toilet.  The liquid waste is separated from the toilet through a special liquid waste hose.  Underneath the waste box there is a heating plate that dries the waste material in the box and eliminates odor; the heating plate is controlled via a thermostat and reaches a temperature at which most bacteria die. 

    When the compost box is full, simply open the toilet and remove the entire waste box with its waste bag, or only take out the waste bag itself and then add the entire bag/box to a composting pile.  After a few months the waste and bag will decompose, leaving you with perfectly safe compost material that makes great landscaping and garden fertilizer. No chemicals are used; adding sawdust or other bulking material after each use will improve the composting process but is not necessary for operation.

     The liquid waste is separated away in the front of the toilet bowl.  By using gravity the liquid waste gets drained outside the rear of the unit.  The liquid waste is collected with a domestic wastewater system, or guided to a drain pit or to a container.  By mixing 1 part of liquid waste with 8 parts water, it can be used as a fertilizer.

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    • Waterless toilet - no need for sewage or septic systems
    • Runs on 12V DC or 120V AC
    • Can operate in cold and hot climates
    • Ecological, economical, and logistical benefits
    • Easy to install, maintain, and use
    • Can be installed in fixed or mobile applications
    • Liquid waste can be used as a garden fertilizer
    • Lightweight - only 45 pounds.  Can easily be transported


    There is no maximum limit of usage.  Simply change the box when it gets full.  For daily usage of three people, the waste bag will need to be emptied every 2-3 weeks.


    One must sit when using the toilet so that solid waste and urine are separated.  Both the fan and the heater run; the heater dries the solid waste whereas urine is transported out of the unit.  When the box is full, remove it and add to a compost pile.


    The installation is very easy and it can be done by following a few easy steps.  First, install the vent pipe that comes with the unit through the roof or out through the wall.  Next, connect the power supply.  Finally, decide what to do with the liquid waste hose from among these three options:

    1. Collect it in a container and use it as a great fertilizer (1 part liquid waste to 8 parts water)

    2. Guide it to a drain pit (see below for guidelines; check with your local authorities for any restrictions)

    3. Guide it to an existing sewer line

    When installing the liquid drain hose, it is imperative that it has an adequate drop through its entire length to prevent it from getting clogged.  This is especially important when the toilet is being installed where the temperature gets below freezing.


    The BASIC composting toilet is very safe and reliable to operate.  It has no moving parts that can fail; its basic design keeps it very easy to operate and maintain.  It doesn’t require any fuel and the heating element keeps the temperature below 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Building a Drain Pit

    Dig a drain pit approximately 12”-24” wide.  Add about 24” or more of loose fill such as sand or crushed rocks below the drain pit.  Add limestone gravel inside the drain pit. Guide the waste hose toward the pit.  Connect the hose to a PVC pipe and guide it into the center of the drain pit, ensuring that the pipe will gravity-feed the liquid waste into the pit.  Next cover the top of the limestone gravel with a plastic cover.  Add 2” of earth on top of the plastic cover; then add another 6”-10” of sand, soil, and grass. Important: make sure the drain pit is 50 feet away from any water source.

    Cost of Usage

    The cost of running the unit is considerably low.  There is no fuel cost.  The only operating costs are electricity usage — which is low — and replacing waste bags.  If a 12V DC battery is being used, solar panels can be installed to backup and recharge the battery.


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    Shipping costs for our business are typically around $10 for accessories can range and up to $450 for larger items.  However, for a limited time only, we are offering free shipping on all products to the lower 48 states in the U.S.. No minimum order required!

    If you would like an order shipped to anywhere else in the world, please email us at, and we will gladly work something out with you! reserves the right to cancel this offer at anytime

    Order Confirmation:

    After you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email.  This means that we have received your order in our system.  As soon as we receive your order, we automatically reach out to our suppliers to confirm that it is in stock and ready for shipment.  If your item happens to be on backorder, or is otherwise unavailable, we will let you know via email.  Once your item(s) are available for immediate shipment, we will ship the order.

    Order Shipment:

    Your order will ship within the lead time we have posted on the product page.  We will email you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse.  If you do not receive tracking information from us by 3 days after the lead time posed on the product page has elapsed, feel free to follow up with us at

    Most orders will be shipped by FedEx or UPS. Small items may be delivered by the US Postal Service or by the US Postal Service via FedEx Smartpost or UPS Surepost. Larger items may be delivered via FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, UPS Ground, or Truck Freight. Items shipping via Truck Freight are clearly marked on our website and catalog. Some special orders may require 2 to 6 weeks depending on the item.

    Some large or heavy items require additional shipping and handling charges due to the bulky nature of these products. If an item requires additional shipping and handling charges we will clearly mark this requirement on our website and in our catalog. In most cases, we charge a "flat" rate to ship these items.

    Free shipping applies to orders totaling over $99 shipped to a final destination within the contiguous 48 states of the United States. Certain items do not qualify for free shipping regardless of order total. Items that do not qualify for free shipping will be clearly marked on our website. reserves the right to cancel this offer at anytime. Delivery to rural or extended areas, special order, & Truck Freight shipments may take extra days to arrive. Please call (888) 467-5447 for details.

    International Orders:

    International Orders (except Canada) require special processing. When you are entering an International Order, please complete all the necessary information. We will get a shipping quote from one of our International shippers. We will contact you with the final charges for approval. The order will not be shipped or charged unless it is confirmed by you. Please note: You will be responsible for any applicable taxes and/or duties that will need to be paid upon delivery.

    Canadian Orders: We do not ship directly to Canada, however, we will ship to a US-based freight forwarder of your choice! We recommend you first contact the desired freight forwarder to obtain their shipping and receiving processes. You will be responsible for all duties and tariffs on Canadian shipments, along with coordinating with the freight forwarder for delivery to final destination. Please call (888) 467-5447 for assistance, otherwise enter the shipping address provided by your US-based freight forwarder.


    ALL SHIPMENT SHOULD BE INSPECTED AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY. DAMAGED PACKAGES SHOULD BE REFUSED. If you notice any damage, you should note it on the freight bill when signing for delivery.  If your product is defective or sustains damage during shipping, please contact us at right away. Remember to keep all the original packaging for any items that need to be returned. All returns need to be authorized by our customer service department prior to being processed.

    If delivered by Truck Freight, please contact the freight carrier at the phone number on the carrier’s bill. After contacting the carrier, please call Customer Service at (888) 467-5447 for further assistance with the damaged shipment. Please note, signing for your delivery without noting any damages or inability to inspect the delivery on the relevant paperwork legally states that you have received your freight in good condition and cannot be held liable for any damages, missing pieces, etc. that may be incurred as a result of this decision. Leaving a note or instructions for the driver is considered to be the same as signing for your products in good condition. If you authorize the freight company to leave freight without a signature, cannot be held liable for any damages, missing pieces, etc. that may be incurred as a result of this decision. If you choose to sign for a visibly damaged please note on the relevant paperwork that you are signing for a damaged package; however, cannot be held liable for any damages or missing pieces for accepted via signature delivery.

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    To cancel an order, reply to the confirmation email you received when you placed your order online. Just tell us why you need to cancel and we will process it as soon as we can.  All orders canceled after 48 hours are subject to a $50 administration fee, regardless of whether your order has shipped.  If you order has shipped, you will also be responsible for return shipping charges. Refunds will be issued to the credit card that you used when placing your order.

    How do I return a product?

    If you want to return an item, please send an email to

    Returns will only be accepted within 30 days of the receipt of your product.  The product must be returned unopened in the original packaging.

    We do not accept returns of used products.  You should also provide us with a receipt of your purchase and a reason for returning the item.

    Please note that you cannot return an item without a valid return authorization number and there is a 30% restocking fee for all returns.  Upon receiving and inspecting the returned product, will issue a refund for the full amount minus restocking/administration fees to the credit card used for the purchase only.

    If you attempt to send the item back without a return authorization number, it will be refused, and you will be charged the return shipping costs.  Customers are responsible for paying all shipping and handling costs for returning an item. 

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    Customer Service Is Our Top Priority - Plain and simple, we are here for YOU, the customer. Our goal is to deliver the WOW factor in service. We strive for excellence in customer service and are driven to provide value at all times.  You can expect communication from us immediately after your order is placed, and also when your product ships.  To this day, every order still receives an email from our owner personally thanking you for letting us earn your business.

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    Can I get spare parts from

    Absolutely!  Just send us an email to and let us know which part you need.  Once we verify that the part is available, we will email you back and let you know how to order.

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    Our main office is located in New York.  Our products, however, ship from one of our many warehouses across this great country.

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    Ordering by Email: If you want to place your order through email, send us an email to and one of our staff members will get back to you quickly with an invoice for your order.  Please include the product and any options or upgrades that you might require.

    Can you ship to a P.O. Box?

    At this time, we are unable to ship to P.O. Boxes.

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    If your item has options that weren't specified while ordering, prior to shipping your order, a representative will email you the order and lead time for delivery.  The majority of orders will receive a confirmation once your order ships.

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    Immediately after your order has shipped, we will email you with your shipping information. For large orders including freight shipping orders, our shipping company will call you prior to delivery to coordinate a convenient delivery time for you.

    How do I check the status of my order?

    As soon as your order ships we will email with your shipping information and tracking number. This allows you to easily track the daily progress of your order from one of our warehouses to your door step. 

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    Our website works as our online catalog. We try to add products regularly to give you the best possible selection. It would be difficult to for us to keep a printed catalog current. If you are unable to find what you are looking for please call or email us at 

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    Because we are an authorized dealer for all the products we carry, you will receive full manufacturer warranties for everything that you purchase.  Please check the manufacturer's website directly for their specific warranty terms and feel free to contact us if you need assistance filing a warranty claim with the manufacturer.


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