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The toilet cleaned with sawdust instead of water, invented by a Romanian: “Nowhere else in the world does this exist”

A young man from Oradea created, with the help of European funding of 25,000 euros, an innovative ecological toilet that uses sawdust instead of water, Bihoreanul says. According to the quoted source, the young man is now looking for customers all over the world to mass-produce the toilet.

Teodor Gomboș from Oradea explained the principle according to which the toilet works: instead of using water, the toilet made of wood and metal has a tank with sawdust, from where approximately 250 grams of this material automatically “drops” into the toilet bowl. Here, a motor operator spreads the sawdust like a blanket, and after the toilet is used, which is detected by specially installed sensors, the sawdust and droppings descend into another tank, lined with a special cleaning bag.

This second tank can be pulled out and the waste bag is simply lifted, sealed and replaced with a clean one. Waste mixed with sawdust can be used to produce compost, i.e. soil fertilizer. “In Bihor, they can also be delivered to the power plant in Săcueni, which uses biomass for the production of electricity”, says Teo for Bihoreanul.

The biggest advantage of this toilet is that it does not need difficult emptying, nor does it smell repulsive, as is often the case with ecological toilets. “The sawdust neutralizes 80-90% of odors”, states Teodor. For even greater efficiency, he recommends the use of small pieces of wood, similar to decorative tree bark, with a menthol smell, in the manure tank.

Together with his partners, the young man has so far created two prototypes of the product, which he presents to potential customers. Because emptying the toilet is easy, Arida Cultus fits well in public areas. “In Oradea and in the whole county we lack public toilets. Why not have a toilet in the bus stations in the county, in the city parks, not to mention the mountain tourist areas?”, says Teodor.

He was terribly amused when, at the end of a photo session for his product, in the Cetate, several passers-by thought that the Arida Cultus was actually a public toilet and wanted to use it. “A few meters away were the ecological plastic ones, but no one went to them”, says the Oradean.

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