COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Waste not want not

A not-for-profit group has launched a campaign to encourage allotment users to install compost toilets on their land.

The Allotments Regeneration Initiative has produced 1,000 factsheets titled Toilet Paper, encouraging those who spend their afternoon with nature to give something back to the soil. "A few decades ago it was acceptable to pee in the hedge but times have changed," said Bethan Stagg, co-ordinator of the organisation, which is funded by a £500,000 grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Only a dozen allotments in the UK host plumbing-free loos, which cost around £700. The waste they collect is particularly suitable for nurturing fruit trees, said Stagg.

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