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Wheelie bin converted into toilet

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Designer Stephan Bischof shows David Sillito his wheelie bin toilet

A wheelie bin has been adapted into a public toilet in a bid to stop people urinating on south London streets.

People can urinate into a funnel inside the bin which transfers the liquid into its base, where it is converted into bio-fertiliser.

Swiss designer Stephan Bischof tested the bin in New Cross and Honor Oak.

He said: "It wouldn't be better than a proper public toilet but because there are so many (wheelie bins) close it is like an emergency solution."

Mr Bischof invented the wheelie bin urinal as part of a series of designs to tackle antisocial or illegal behaviour.

'Weird solution'

The bin's removable base contains either garden waste or dry grass, which absorbs the urine to create bio-fertiliser.

"It's a bit of a weird solution," said Mr Bischof.

"My intentions were not to destroy the primary functions of the wheelie bin so therefore it can still be used as a bin."

Mr Bischof is seeking funding to further develop his prototype.

His other designs include a traffic sign with a birdhouse inside it and musical speed humps.

A spokesman for Lambeth Council said it was "too early" to say whether the council would consider adopting the wheelie bin urinals.



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