Musiri Selection Grade Town Panchayat

முசிறி தேர்வு நிலை பேரூராட்சி

Use toilets, get rich

Posted by musiri on January 22, 2008

'pay and use' toilets

'pay and use' toilets

Preposterous but true. There are enough ‘pay and use’ toilets, but in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu, all those using the Ecosan Community Compost Toilet in Saliyar Street, Musiri, will get paid. The scheme started from the festive day of Pongal on January 15.

Users will be paid ten paise per visit to ECCT. The payment will be made to all card-holders who will be using the ECCT on a monthly basis, said M.Subburaman, Director, Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education.

The first Ecosan Community Compost Toilet in the country in Saliyar Street is functioning for the past 18 months. Every fortnight on an average 250 litres of urine is collected and the same is used for farming purposes.

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is studying the use of urine as liquid fertiliser for the past one year under an MoU signed by SCOPE with the university. WASTE, an agency in Netherlands, has provided Rs 400,000 for the two-year research project.

“This is the first time anywhere in the world that toilet users are being paid, so they will appreciate the value of human waste – nay, wealth,” says Subburaman.



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