Today I received a VERY promising comment here, at my blog, that I think is very important and worth sharing.
It is posted below, and I would invite you all to share your thoughts. ((( PLEASE NOTE: I have edited to protect the identity of the writer.) Hopefully we can all work on this together to make another aspect of tiny house living easier for ourselves and those who come after us. (UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE!!! NONE OF US SHOULD DO THIS SOLO! IF AN APPLICATION IS DENIED BY THE MINISTRY, NO ONE CAN PUT IN ANOTHER SUBMISSION ON THIS TOPIC FOR FIVE YEARS!!!!)
Thank you for this information. I am passionate about clean water and finding ways to produce less black water. I feel that composting toilets need to be the way of the future. However it is obvious that lawmakers still have no understanding of the potential of composting toilets for improvements in water quality given that there is still a requirement for all dwellings to hook up to sewage infrastructure. However, there is a law in Ontario called the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), overseen by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) *****************, which gives residents greater access to environmental decision-making. One of the tools in the EBR is an Application for Review with which it is possible to ask for a review of a current law or to request a new one. It is quite a powerful tool and one that could be used in many ways. One of the options that potentially exists for tiny-housers would be to file an Application for Review asking the government for a Policy or Regulation on composting toilets. This could be a very important undertaking for a variety of reasons including the fact that currently the Province does not have adequate ways to deal with the ‘septage’ pumped out of septic tanks and which essentially in the case of these garden suites, people are being asked to use. If someone else was passionate about this issue and of removing barriers to tiny living, accessing the information about Rights under the EBR on the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s website and perhaps reading what the ECO has said about septage in the past.
Has anyone found andy info on the sites about septage???
Do you happen to know of anyone in the area who can/would like to do an informed talk on tiny homes, Laura? Transition Brockville would like to host such a talk as part of its monthly series on sustainability and resilience that it’s been running in partnership with our local library for the past 8 years.