Think Everyday Survival and Get This Handbook on Recycling Human Waste

It’s a subject we don’t like to think about, but dealing with our own human waste in time of disaster or collapse poses a real problem. The book that addresses this subject in a practical way is The Humanure Handbook, by Joseph C. Jenkins.

This topic could easily degrade into moronic bathroom humor, but it’s something that deserves serious consideration. That’s because it’s a part of human daily life which is as basic as it gets. Everyday activities like going to the bathroom will be amplified challenges under extreme conditions.

While recycling our own waste is seen by many as a wise environmental practice, I’m putting it in the context of preparedness and survival because it is indeed a real issue that touches each of us where we are.

The Humanure Handbook has received favorable reviews from several environmental and gardening magazines, such as “Mother Earth News” and “Countryside Journal.” Among other things, it’s praised for its well researched, practical and useful knowledge. And the author has a sense of humor, too.

Jenkins makes the case that human waste can and should be used safely and effectively as compost. We have our misgivings because it’s taboo for most. However, if a person is healthy, why shouldn’t their excrement contain healthy elements? We know more about our own bodies and what goes through them than we know about the contents of cow, horse or chicken manure.

A compost pile made as instructed in the book will heat to 160 degrees or more and destroy anything harmful. Plus, the compost is intended to sit for a year with no additions before being used, giving friendly bacteria time to do their job. This suggests having more than one compost pile—one to mature and another to be added to.

No chemicals are required. Using Jenkins’ method correctly means no odor, flies or pesky animals.

One reviewer recommends buying this book before buying an expensive commercial composting toilet. There’s info in the book about composting toilets, including the use of sawdust.

Explore further and get The Humanure Handbook by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured. Place your order there.

Take the mystery out of recycling human waste. Do it for the environment if you like, but do it mainly because you’re thinking survival.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.