QIn an emergency, if my cassette toilet is full and I can’t get to a sanitary station is it okay to empty it discreetly under a hedgerow? ANONYMOUS, via email
AMARTIN REPLIES… No, not under any circumstances – and the same applies to tipping it into a canal or river. However, in cases of desperation and only if you are using your toilet without chemical additives (such as Elsan Blue), you could do what boaters did in the days before sanitary stations. Take a spade and find an appropriate and safe place to dig a deepish hole, bury the contents and fill it in properly. If on the other hand, you do use chemicals, you will need to hold on until you can empty it in the proper place.