Updated on December 22, 2023


Created on October 21, 2021

SECCO Toilet

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The SECCO toilet is portable and operates without water, plumbing, or electricity.

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Product Description

The SECCO toilet is being developed by LEHO SAS in Columbia. The purpose of the device is to reduce environmental impact by not requiring water, plumbing, or electricity. There are portable and stationary versions of the SECCO toilet. The toilet separates liquid and solid waste. The waste collected by the toilet can be used for the creation of gas, compost, or energy. The waste processing does not occur inside the SECCO toilet.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The product is still in development and is not being distributed at this time. Special requests to obtain early versions of the product are accepted on their website.

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is currently in the prototyping phase and not yet manufactured at scale.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

The designers have not yet selected their user provision model.

Distributions to Date Status


Toilet type


Evacuation method


Storage conditions

Container storage

Capacity (L)

Estimated 20 liters based on provided models and images.

Time until emptying

Estimated once every 50 uses.

Design Specifications

The toilet is operated by opening it with a lever. A button needs to be pushed before and after use to dispense covering materials into the toilet. These covering materials need to be replaced every 35 uses. The toilet is closed after use with the same lever that was used to open it. The container with the waste is removed manually and can be added to a separate process to convert it to gas, compost, or energy.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

The product is in development and no technical support plan is in place yet.

Replacement Components



“Glass fiber parts 25 years indoors. Inox parts 50 years indoors. Glass fiber parts 10 years outdoors. Inox parts 20 years outdoors.” Interview with representative.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Reduce water waste per person by 22,000 liters. The portable version can be set up with two people in a few minutes. The stationary version takes 45 minutes to install.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing is currently being completed by universities and public offices. Interview with representative


Users should avoid direct contact with waste when emptying the system. The system should be emptied frequently to avoid the container overfilling.

Complementary Technical Systems

The toilet can operate independently of other systems.

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations

The SECCO Toilet meets the Columbian regulations NTC 920:2011 for porcelain toilets. Work is being done to see if the SECCO Toilet complies with Argentinian regulations. Interview with representative.

Evaluation methods

The SECCO toilet is evaluated for water consumption, infrastructure required, contaminated water cleaning process, medical expenses from contaminated water infections, and consequences of infection. Interview with representative.

Other Information

Patent Climate Action Challenge, SECCO. Portable Dry Toilet Unit. Available: https://challenge.whatdesigncando.com/projects/secco-portable-dry-toilet-unit/

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