Open-air urinals causing an uproar in Paris


Officials in Paris have taken a unique approach to combat public urination, but not everyone is a fan of the idea.

New eco-friendly, open-air urinals – or “uritrottoirs” – have some people living in the French capital outraged. 

The bright red “intelligent” urinals are housed in flower boxes and have straw layers that eliminate odor. They’re fully exposed on street corners and have signs advertising their location.

The city installed the urinals in “heavily-congested areas” where public urination is a problem.

City officials say the urinals will harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. In a statement, they said one year of a person’s urine holds enough nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to fertilize 400 square meters of wheat.

But some residents aren’t pleased with the new addition to their streets. According to CNN, some residents are complaining that the location of the urinals is inappropriate. 

“Seeing people urinating right in front of your door is not the nicest thing.”

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