Incinerating toilets burn waste into clean ash, which can then be deposited in the garbage. The toilets are beneficial to the environment because they do not require water or the dumping of harmful waste into waterways.
Incinerating toilets are particularly useful for cabins and other remote areas because they do not require a water line. The toilets burn waste almost immediately and thus do not leave behind an odor like other portable toilets. The toilets have higher energy costs than standard toilets, because they require propane or electricity to eliminate waste, which offset savings from water. Further, the toilet prevents nutrients in human waste from replenishing the soil.