How the Rota-Loo Works
Inside the Rota-Loo are six bins located on a turntable. When a bin is in use it is located directly below the toilet pedestal and human waste, toilet paper and bulking material is added to the bin.
Each bin has perforations which allow the liquid to separate from solid matter, providing aerobic conditions for composting. The Rota-Loo turbo fan also encourages the evaporation of the separated liquid, so there should be no need to drain Rota-Loo of any liquid.
When a bin is full it must be rotated to the next available bin via the service door. Full bins are left inside the Rota-Loo to compost. Rota-Loo is designed so that by the time a full bin completes a full rotation of the turntable (approximately 12 months), the pile is fully composted into humus and can be safely buried or used in the garden, allowing the newly empty bin to be returned for re-use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it smell?
No. The Rota-Loo is a waterless system where natural moisture is drained and evaporated so it is designed to maintain aerobic decomposition and not produce odour. The Rota-Loo fan forced ventilation system is designed to provide a slight negative pressure at the pedestal to ensure air is drawn through the top, keeping the bathroom nice and fresh.
If your Rota-Loo starts to smell it is likely due to a build up of excess liquid. Check that the vents and turbo fan are in order and consider adding bulk material to help air circulate through the pile. Rota-Loo Bio-Stimulant can also be added to help speed up the metabolism of the bacteria. For further information, please refer to our Installation and Operation documents
What about flies?
If the Rota-Loo is in good working order, there should not be any flies. Please keep the toilet seat closed when not in use. Flies are attracted to carbon dioxide and methane which is caused by excess urine in the system or anaerobic activity.
If you start to get vinegar flies, midges or small fruit flies this is due to excessive moisture content which can be avoided by using bulk material or Rota-Loo Bio-Stimulant. Check that the vents and turbo fan are in order. For further information, please refer to our Installation and Operation documents
My site does not have power or water, will Rota-Loo still work?
Yes. Rota-Loo is waterless. Composting is a natural process and does not require power, but for optimum function, power for the turbo fan is recommended. Please speak to an electrician regarding options for your installation.
Do I need a plumber to install the Rota-Loo?
No. The Rota-Loo is waterless and does not require a plumber to install it, if you are confident to follow the Installation Manual then you can install it yourself.
My house is on a slab. Can I bury the Rota-Loo?
No. When a Rota-Loo bin is full, the turntable must be manually rotated to the next available bin via the service door. There may also be times where servicing of the fan, ventilation pipes, or waste chute is required.
Do I need to add anything to help the composting process?
One or two handfuls of bulking material each week is recommended;
This helps aerobic composting by allowing air to pass through the pile.
Suitable bulking materials are:
I live in a cold area where composting is slow. Will Rota-Loo work?
There are a number of ways you can optimise the installation to help maintain effective composting:
How do I clean Rota-Loo?
Rota-Loo should be cleaned once a week using a small amount of biodegradable detergent mixed with a small amount of water. Avoid using disinfectants, but if necessary, use biodegradable disinfectant on a damp sponge to avoid any spillage into the system which may affect composting.