Amsterdam in the Netherlands has installed hemp-filled public urinals that are disguised as planters and which convert urine into fertiliser.

The move was spurred by an increase in people urinating in the streets following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures in mid-2020.  The urinal/planters are made by Dutch company GreenPee, and because of the presence of plants are more pleasing to the eye than traditional street urinals.

The units are fitted with sensors that detect when the tank is nearly full.  The contents – a mixture of urine and hemp fibres – are then used as a phosphate-rich organic fertiliser in public parks, roof gardens and even urban farms.

The hemp absorbs the urine and eliminates odour.  The units also have storage tanks to collect rainwater, which is used for the plants on top of the urinal.  And because the urinals are not connected to the sewage system, there is less waste being produced and less potential pollution.

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Amsterdam in the Netherlands has installed hemp-filled public urinals that are disguised as planters and which convert urine into fertiliser.

The move was spurred by an increase in people urinating in the streets following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures in mid-2020.  The urinal/planters are made by Dutch company GreenPee, and because of the presence of plants are more pleasing to the eye than traditional street urinals.

The units are fitted with sensors that detect when the tank is nearly full.  The contents – a mixture of urine and hemp fibres – are then used as a phosphate-rich organic fertiliser in public parks, roof gardens and even urban farms.

The hemp absorbs the urine and eliminates odour.  The units also have storage tanks to collect rainwater, which is used for the plants on top of the urinal.  And because the urinals are not connected to the sewage system, there is less waste being produced and less potential pollution.

further reading…