North Byron Parklands have recently unveiled the largest number of waterless composting toilets at any outdoor event in Australia. Patrons at the upcoming Splendour in the Grass event will be the first to experience these state of the art, waterless and low-odour composting toilets supplied by Quicksmart Homes.
Thanks to Byron Shire Council’s commitment to sustainable technologies, council granted Parklands an approval for 258 composting toilets in 2013. Parklands worked with the Australian company Quicksmart Homes who designed and commissioned the 240 bespoke composting toilets and 192 low-flow gas-fired shower stalls. With the six pilot composting toilets built in 2013, Parklands now has an incredible 246 waterless units, which will significantly add to patron comfort and amenity.
“ Quicksmart Homes is an environmentally committed business and when we were asked to help we jumped at the chance to couple North Byron Parkland’s experience in this very green technology with Quicksmart Homes’ design and volume production capability. Having produced high specification products for many years this project was a welcome reminder of how good design is most often in the simplest form.” says Rufus Harding Managing Director of Quicksmart Homes.
Being 100% re-locatable this design allows a huge amount of flexibility in terms of providing unique camping and event lay-outs for events held at Parklands. The modules were fitted onto removable screw pile foundations and connect into Parklands’ environmental philosophy to manage water cycles (fresh water and waste water) sustainably.
This initiative will provide a number of key environmental benefits including a significant reduction in waste-water truck movements and a dramatic reduction in waste being sent to the Byron Shire Council owned sewerage treatment plant.
“While the vast majority of outdoor venues rely on transporting hundreds of port-a-loos and showers to and from site, Parklands and Quicksmart Homes have delivered an infinitely more sustainable solution that resolves many of these transport and waste disposal issues. Byron Shire Council’s role in approving these facilities has greatly assisted Parklands in fulfilling a number of its environmental goals”, said Mat Morris, General Manager of Parklands.