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4 Interesting Portable Toilets And Urinals You Can Find In Europe

by April Rivera

The porta potty is a concept that is used all around the world at events and public attractions where a large number of people gather. To improve upon the porta potty, many variations in public portable toilets have become available. Here are four different types of porta potties that you can find in many countries of Europe.

Germany's Festival Trailer Toilets

If you have ever been to a festival in Germany, you may have come across this version of a porta potty. As you walk along the row of food vendors and carnival games, you might come upon the restroom trailer. Inside this portable toilet are several automated toilets with running water, air conditioning, and sometimes even music. They are usually kept quite clean as there is a bathroom attendant keeping up the inside of each toilet stall. 

Patrons to this type of portable toilet usually have to pay a toilet fee, or optional tip, equal to fifty American cents. But, with this fare you will have access to running water, soap, and a clean toilet seat to sit on. This can be invaluable when you have spent an entire day at an outdoor festival.

Amsterdam's Public Urinals

In Amsterdam, the idea of a public porta potty is truly an open-air facility because you can find them sitting in the middle of a public square or on a street corner. The open-air urinal in Amsterdam became a popular idea to cut down on public urination near restaurants, bars, and pub business. 

Some public urinals consist of a permanently-fixed metal spiral privacy screen with a central urinal where the person does their business. Newer models of open-air urinals are about six feet tall and made from a plastic material to make them more mobile. 

French Straw Bale Urinal

The French design studio Faltazi designed a  l'Uritonnoir, which is a composting hay bale urinal. It is made from several metal urinals implanted around the exterior of a hay bale. 

This dry urinal design was thought up specifically to be used at summer music festivals in Europe, which are often held in farming fields. Instead of hauling in traditional porta potties to the field where the music festival will take place, local hay bales are turned into urinals. The funnel of each metal urinal is wedged deep into the hay so all the urine will get deposited there.

The urine's nitrogen mixes with the carbon in the straw and starts decomposition. Over the next six to twelve months, the hay bale makes a rich pile of compost for the farmer's field. 

Scandinavia's Composting Toilet

Scandinavia was one of the first to invent the composting toilet, and they had at least 21 different composting toilets on the market in 1975. A Swedish inventor designed a commercially available composting multrum toilet, which has been used in the United States for several decades. One person using the multrum toilet will create 88 pounds of waste which would have polluted 6,604 gallons of water in a regular toilet.

In this composting toilet, human excrement falls down into a receptacle, which has a double-layered bottom. Over time, the waste breaks down into compost and falls through the bottom into a separate compost area, where it can be collected for use in fertilization. Because the composting waste is from humans, it is used only in decorative gardens and not in crop gardens.

This composting and water-free option helps keep human waste out of the earth's water. And, if it is maintained properly, it will be odor-free. 

These four different types of portable toilets are open for public use and can be found in various European countries. Continue here for more information on plumbing.