Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Toilets of the future arrive at Greyhope Bay

Toilets at Greyhope Bay, Torry Battery
The brand new off-grid loos look right out to sea at the Torry Battery. Supplied by Greyhope Bay.

An innovative eco-loo that doesn’t need water, electricity or chemicals has been installed at the new dolphin-watching centre at Torry Battery.

The whole Greyhope Bay facility and café is entirely off-grid, in keeping with the sustainable, low-impact ethos of the founders.

It made sense for the toilets to be eco-friendly too, but building an eco-loo in one of the windiest and most exposed points of Aberdeen wasn’t easy.

A poo with a view

Fiona McIntyre is the founder and managing director of the Greyhope Bay Centre, the new dolphin-spotting community space housed in glass-sided shipping container at Torry Battery.

Fiona McIntyre, Greyhope Bey centre
Fiona Mcintyre poses in front of the fancy new loos. Picture by Scott Baxter.

The centre, and the toilets, face directly out to sea and open to the public in April.

Fiona explained that of all of the specifications, suggestions and community feedback they received over the course of the project, toilets at Greyhope Bay were top of the list.

“That was the main thing people told us, ‘there are no loos at the Battery’,” said Fiona.

“So we knew it was important to include them, but we couldn’t just shove in a couple of Portaloos.”

The whole site is built on a historic monument at the top of an exposed cliff, not to mention being off-grid and environmentally sustainable.

Several weeks of internet searching later, the team found the Kabuza Eco-Loos.

How do the eco-toilets work?

The round wooden pods are what is known as dry composting toilets, using wind and sunlight to break down the organic matter.

Kazuba Eco Loos
The toilets look just like a regular little bathroom on the inside. Picture by Scott Baxter.

“Imagine a big bathtub buried below each toilet,” said Fiona.

“Then there is a raised platform with baskets to collect the solid waste, so to speak.

“Liquid waste goes right through the basket into the tub.”

She explained that the loos are each attached to a chimney which is orientated to the south.

This chimney pulls air up and through the toilet, evaporating the liquids and drying out the solid waste so it decomposes quicker.

“They are very cool,” said Fiona. “And apparently odourless, especially when things have been… first deposited, shall we say.”

This is because the chimney is pulling air through the loo at all times, so any smells shouldn’t linger.

Where else could these toilets at Greyhope Bay be useful?

Inside, the toilets are much bigger and more hygienic than any outdoor facilities you’ve likely used before.

There’s a shelf for bags and coat hooks for jackets too.

Kazuba Eco Loo, Torry Battery
The toilets get a great view of the bay… if you want to open the door. Picture by Scott Baxter.

The pair of loos cost around £15,000 in total, funded in part by Aberdeen City Council’s Coastal Communities Fund.

“I’d never seen one before but they are brilliant and incredibly simple to maintain,” said Fiona.

“I’d love to see them around in places where people go to visit wildlife and environments but where there aren’t any amenities around.

“Even around the city centre in parks and such – they are perfect for that, particularly since there are so few public loos these days.”

Another idea would be to place them strategically around popular but remote tourist routes like the NC500 where there have been problems with human waste.

You can try the new Greyhope Bay eco-loos for yourself later in April when they (and the rest of the centre) open to the public.

They are sure to be the number one (or number two…) place to visit in Aberdeen in no time.

You may also like:

Already a subscriber? Sign in