Home > Lifestyle > Environmental Health > Green tips Updated 16 October 2013 How to go in the Great Outdoors Human waste in wilderness areas can be a health hazard, not to mention a real aesthetic blight, if it isn't dealt with properly. 0 Related How not to sh*t in the desert Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto When you're camping or hiking and there's no formal facility available, digging a "cat hole" is a pretty good method, though certainly not the only one.It's useful to carry a small garden trowel for this purpose: make your cat hole 15-20 cm deep and 10-15 cm in diameter, and at least 60 m (about 70 steps) from water sources, paths, campsites and other cat holes. Several small cat holes spaced far apart allow for faster decomposition than one large pit latrine. If possible, choose an elevated site where water is unlikely to flow or pool. The faeces should percolate gradually down through the soil, but at a slow enough pace that maximum decomposition occurs before a water source like a river is reached. Darker, loamy soil with high organic contact is better for decomposition than sandy soil. Ideally you also want a spot where the sun reaches, because heat and sunlight aids in breaking down and disinfecting waste. In dry sandy areas, where soil is low in organic content and decomposer micro-organisms, make your cat hole shallower (10-15cm deep) to allow sun to penetrate.Turn the cat hole into a mini-composting pile: break up the waste with a stick, and mix and cover it with leaf litter, or failing that, with soil. Finally cover the spot with a neat pile of stones. - Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor@ORoseInn Got a good green tip to share? Email me at email@example.com or post on the EnviroHealth Forum – if it's a planet-saver, we'll publish it. NEXT ON HEALTH24X FDA bans e-cig liquid products that look like snacks and candies 2018-09-12 19:00 More: Environmental HealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier HIV/AIDS » 5 ridiculous things some people still believe about HIV/Aids It’s time to shine the light on some of the ridiculous and far-fetched perceptions about HIV that people still have. Fitness » 7 strange things that happened to my body during my first marathon Earlier this year, Health24 writer Marelize Wilke ran her first ever full marathon. She tells us about the effects it had on her body.