Hello, Thank you for your question. All Sun-Mar composting toilets, including the Centrex 3000 NE, are Certified by NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) to Standard 41. This is an Internationally recognized certification and Sun-Mar composting toilets are the only approved systems with this certification for both residential and seasonal/vacation applications. In North America, the NSF Certification to Standard 41 typically eliminates the need for permits, however in some regions (state and counties) a permit application is still required. We recommend contacting your local health department and/or building code regulator to request that information. Most states have a list of approved composting toilets which would include NSF Certified to Standard 41 at the forefront. Sun-Mar composting toilets are accepted and installed all over North America, so you should not have any issue moving forward. Please do not hesitate to contact Sun-Mar should you have any additional questions: Toll Free at 1-888-341-0782 Ext. 232. Thank you.
Hello, Thank you for your question. The Centrex 3000 series composting systems are slightly more unique than all our other Sun-Mar composting toilets when it comes to emptying them out. On the other composting toilets and systems you would typically reverse rotate the drum in order to get material from the Bio-Drum to a Finishing drawer that sits at the very bottom. However, with respect to the Centrex 3000 systems (both electric and non-electric) this step is eliminated from the equation. Instead, this system includes a 'collection chamber' at the very end of the unit which automatically collects finished compost as it moves along from one end to the other. Therefore, all you would need to do with this system is pull the top off the collection chamber and then gauge whether you need to empty it out or perhaps wait a bit longer for more material to accumulate and then empty it out. Roughly speaking your timeline to empty out will be 3-4 months for residential/continuous use and about once a year for weekend/vacation use. In either case, the material will be finished and ready for you to use as a fertilizer for things such as grass, trees, flowers and/or plants. Please do not hesitate to contact Sun-Mar should you have any additional questions: Toll Free at 1-888-341-0782 Ext. 232. Thank you.
Hello, Thank you for the question. One of the preconditions required for a central system to work are that they need to be below the level of your toilet in terms of elevation. With respect to having the system (tank) offset to a certain distance away from the house - this is absolutely doable if the central composting system (in this case the Centrex 3000 NE) is used with the ultra low flush toilet (1 pint per flush). When using the ultra low flush toilet with a central system, the composting system can be installed within 15 feet away from the toilet. In this case, it does not need to then be placed under the house, it can be positioned outside but still below the level of your toilet (with regards to its elevation) and offset to a total of 15 feet away. You can also use multiple toilets going into one central composting system. Please do not hesitate to contact Sun-Mar should you have any additional questions: Toll Free at 1-888-341-0782 Ext. 232. Thank you.
Hello, Thank you for your question. The toilet is sold separately from the central composting system. The Centrex 3000 NE can be used with either an ultra low flush toilet (Sealand/Sun-Mar 510 plus), which uses a pint of water per flush. In this case, you would also need to purchase the 4 bolt floor flange. Or you can use the Centrex 3000 NE with a dry waterless toilet (regular and elongated options). In this case, you would also need to purchase the AF Waterless kit (hardware to connect dry toilet to composting system). Please do not hesitate to contact Sun-Mar should you have any additional questions - Toll Free at 1-888-341-0782 Ext. 232. Thank you.
Hello Robin, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, an "everyday regular" toilet can not be used with a Central Composting System. A conventional low flush toilet would still be too much water at one given time and end up over saturating the compost pile inside the Central System. We recommend the ultra low flush toilet (Sealand 510 plus) for use with a Central Composting System, one that uses only a pint of water per flush. Not only will this reduce the amount of water entering the system, it will still allow you to connect the Central Composting System up to 15 feet away from the toilet. Also, multiple ultra low flush toilets can be connected to one Central System if need be. Please do not hesitate to contact Sun-mar should you have any additional questions - Toll Free at 1-888-341-0782 Ext. 232
Hello Marc, Thank you for your question. Yes, the Centrex 3000 NE, along with all our other models can be located outside in an area without insulation, as long it will not be used that much during the cold winter months. With respect to the system being able to handle the cold, no problem - It will not damage the system at all, it's just that with the cold temperatures there will be no activity and decomposition taking place (hence the condition there that it will not be used that much). If the system were to be used frequently during the winter, then there would absolutely be a need to locate the central composting unit (in this case the Centrex 3000 NE) in an insulated area with an ambient temperature of 55 degrees or above. This will provide the composting system with enough heat that the aerobic bacteria is not only still present but also performing their duties, breaking down the waste. Otherwise, as mentioned earlier, with no use during the winter, the bacteria is okay to go dorment until the spring season when the temperature rises again. Please do not hesitate to contact Sun-Mar should you have any additional questions - Toll Free at 1-88-341-0782 Ext. 232. Thank you.