19 results for tag: Container Based Sanitation


Composting Across Countries: A visit to Kompotoi in Switzerland

As SOIL continues to grow and expand our services in Haiti, we recognize the need to keep improving our operations efficiency, deepening our research, and exploring what others in the sector are doing. We love visiting our container-based sanitation and composting friends around the world, because it gives us a chance to see firsthand what else is going on in the sanitation sector. While back in her home country of France, SOIL’s Compost Program Advisor and Waste Management Engineer Julie Jeliazovski took a trip over the border to Switzerland to visit Kompotoi, a mobile dry composting toilet service for the eco-conscious, run by JoJo Linder. Komp...

Container-Based Sanitation: Including Vulnerable Populations in Climate Mitigation

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Since its pilot, SOIL’s EkoLakay service has been carefully designed as a holistic model that can offer benefits beyond a simple household toilet. Rather than thinking solely about EkoLakay’s potential for individual impact, we’ve used sanitation provision as a starting point for designing a solution that leverages the interconnection between sanitation, climate, and human rights. This is evident in SOIL’s waste treatment and composting facility, where we turn human waste from the EkoLakay toilets into regenerative compost that can stabilize Haiti’s fragile soils. More recently, a study conducted on SOIL’s ...

Nature Climate Change: Groundbreaking Research on GHG Emissions Offset of SOIL’s Sanitation Solution

Around the globe, 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation with 1 billion of those living in densely populated urban settlements. Many urban residents rely on pit latrines where human waste is not safely managed and carries the potential to contaminate water sources and critically endanger public health. To address the urgent need for safely managed sanitation in the communities we serve, SOIL’s water-wise sanitation solution in Haiti is designed to remove human waste from dense urban neighborhoods to mitigate the spread of waterborne disease, prevent negative environmental impacts from untreated waste, and transform the waste ...

Meet Marckindy, SOIL’s Composting Supervisor

Marckindy onsite at SOIL’s composting waste treatment site in Mouchinette, Northern Haiti. A couple of months ago we sat down with Marckindy Etienne, SOIL’s Composting Supervisor, to talk about his work, his connection to SOIL, and his thoughts on the role sanitation and compost can play in Haiti’s future. Marckindy has been a part of the SOIL family since his first internship in 2012, and he’s known of SOIL for even longer through his brother, Job (SOIL’s Composting Manager). A condensed version of his interview follows, translated from Haitian Creole into English. We hope you enjoy getting to know Marckindy as much as we enjoy getting to ...

Upcoming SOIL and CBSA Study: Comparing Costs of Urban Sanitation Solutions

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang With more than four billion people still lacking access to safe sanitation globally, we know that it’s going to take a multitude of innovative solutions to successfully tackle a crisis of this proportion. Citywide Inclusive Sanitation–the idea that a variety of alternatives to traditional sewer systems will be needed to “genuinely deliver universal coverage across whole urban areas” – has been gaining strong momentum in recent years. This notion that a one-size-fits-all solution to the global sanitation crisis is not realistic means that municipalities need comparative data on all sanitation solutions so that ...

Boosting Efficiency and Designing for Resilience

Lukas and Jojo didn’t just observe the processes, they jumped in to get a hands on review of how it all worked! As a leader in container-based sanitation, SOIL is always looking for ways to optimize our process and take the work we do to the next level. SOIL’s research team has been working on a human-centered design project that takes a step back to evaluate the efficiency of every step of the sanitation service chain. To do this, SOIL recently teamed up with Swiss design business KreativKonsum and composting toilet business Kompotoi. They came to visit us in Cap-Haïtien in February where they looked at everything from SOIL’s equipment and ...

Frontiers in Environmental Science: Scaling Container-Based Sanitation

As SOIL continues to work towards expanding lifesaving sanitation in Haiti, we aren’t stopping there. In partnership with global communities and a network of container-based sanitation (CBS) practitioners, we are developing solutions we believe are poised for replication to provide sanitation in some of the globe’s most challenging contexts. A new paper in Frontiers in Environmental Science, which SOIL helped contribute to, evaluates the benefits, opportunities, and challenges for container-based sanitation (CBS) implementers like SOIL. The article touches on the multitude of “economic, health, and environmental returns” offered by CBS ...

The Guardian: The No-Flush Movement

As momentum grows across the planet for climate-positive sanitation solutions that harness the power of nature instead of depleting it, it’s exciting to see an increase in prominent media coverage of the regenerative sanitation revolution. A new article in the Guardian spotlights the growing trend of no-flush dry toilets across the globe and highlights the incredible opportunity ahead of global cities to capture nutrients from waste.   From the Guardian: “In the UK, flushing the loo accounts for nearly a third of household water consumption. We use drinking-quality water in our toilets, and spend energy and resources on cleaning ...

Taking a Ride with SOIL’s Sanitation Heroes

Happy new year to SOIL supporters near and far! As we all settle into the new year, I have been reflecting on 2018 and some of the moments that most inspired me. One experience pops immediately to mind, and I wanted to share it as a reminder of the importance of all that goes on behind the scenes at SOIL that makes this work possible. As the years have gone by and my roles and responsibilities have shifted, I find I have less and less time to spend in the field. In the last months of 2018, I was honored to be able to take the time to accompany our EkoLakay collectors on their early morning collection runs in several of the neighborhoods we work ...

Showcasing Possibility at COP24

Earlier this month, SOIL was honored to receive the United Nations' Momentum for Change Award in Planetary Health at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Momentum for Change honors innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. Recognized as a Lighthouse Activity, SOIL’s work is honored for being a practical, scalable and replicable example of a groundbreaking intervention to tackle climate change. Check out this video showcasing the Planetary Health award winners (narrated by Sir David Attenborough!): Planetary Health: Narrated Sir David Attenborough from Momentum ...