Low Waste (closed circuit) Systems
All LDI waste systems are designed to minimize, reuse or recycle all the wastes we generate. This includes all our solid wastes, all human and animal manure and all wastewater from the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry areas.
Our 2 chamber odorless dry composting toilets are made of cement by our workers here at the LDI. These toilets allow all human manure to be collected and combined with horse manure to produce a rich, organic compost full of earthworms that’s eventually used to fertilize our horse pastures and vegetable gardens.
All our wastewater and urine is combined and sent to a sub-surface infiltration (leach field) system that irrigates our horse pasture year round. We also collect rain water from our main lodge roof to help irrigate our vegetable gardens and greenhouses while minimizing the intake of precious irrigation water from local water canals.
All solid wastes that can be recycled are collected and brought to local recyclers in Huaraz while the food products we purchase we purchase in bulk (unpacked) form wherever possible. All organic wastes go into the compost process
As a result of these systems we have no sewage or waste water discharges from our property and no septic tanks and over 90% of all the waste we generate at LDI are reused and recycled.