Sanergy Fresh Life Toilet
The Sanergy Fresh Life Toilet is a urine-diverting dry toilet which is housed in a prefabricated structure.
The Sanergy Fresh Life Toilet is a urine diverting dry toilet housed within a prefabricated concrete structure. The floor has a squat plate and two holes, one for liquid waste and one for solid waste, that lead down to removable waste cartridges. Sanergy sells the toilet as part of a franchise model which includes waste collection services. The collection service transfers waste to a treatment facility where the waste is converted to energy, fertilizer, and insect protein for animal feed.
The toilets are sold to Kenyan entrepreneurs for approximately $588 USD and includes installation, painting and daily waste collection for one year. Owners of the toilets, called Fresh Life Operators (FLO), receive business management and operations training from Sanergy and can earn revenues by charging customers $0.05 USD per use. Financing is available through a partnership with Kiva, an online micro-lending platform.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Residents of communities without access to adequate sanitation services; specifically in high-density population areas (urban, refugee camps, etc.).
The Fresh Life Toilet is pre-fabricated in local, in-country workshops. The toilets are transported to the site and assembled in one day. Walls are fabricated in panels to provide easy transport through narrow passageways.
Users can obtain the Fresh Life Toilet from Sanergy and become a franchised Fresh Life Operator. Contact the communications team for quotes. FLO’s can operate the toilet for commercial use on a pay-per-use model, or as a shared community toilet for residential and institutional use.
As of 2016, 732 Fresh Life Toilets have been distributed.
Type of toilet
Method of evacuation
How the fecal sludge is stored
The holding volume of the containment
30 L feces container, 25 L urine container
Time until emptying is estimated to be needed
The structure has a 3′ x 5′ footprint and can accommodate waste from approximately 120 uses per day.
A link to the schematic can be found here
Sanergy employees collect liquid and solid waste containers daily and replace them with clean containers. At the time of collection Sanergy employees also clean the Fresh Life Toilet. Fresh Life Operators are responsible for maintaining a clean FLT between collections.
Replacement squat plates are available from Sanergy
100% of the waste is safely treated
The urine diverting squat plate was designed and tested by Global Service Design.
Not specified. Waste is not handled by the Fresh Life Operator, however the FLO is responsible for maintaining the toilet in between daily waste collection services. The FLO is provided with training upon franchise purchase.
A solar powered lantern is mounted to the roof to provide light at night. A hand-washing station is included inside the Fresh Life Toilet
Auerbach, D. (2016) Sustainable Sanitation Provision in Urban Slums – The Sanergy Case Study
London, T.; and Esper, E. (2014) Assessing poverty-alleviation outcomes of an enterprise-led approach to sanitation
According to the website, the cartridges are removed to Sanergy’s waste management center and solid waste is treated in accordance with WHO, industry, and Kenyan government standards. Fertilizer is tested by third parties to ensure compliance with World Health Organization standards. Third party testing organization and testing methods not specified.
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