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India, Tamil Nadu: city pays residents to use toilet

Posted by musiri on July 9, 2008

On 7 July 2008, CNN (and several other media) reported about the town of Musiri in Tamil Nadu, that “has hit upon a unique idea to teach its residents proper hygiene: pay them money each time they use the toilet. Users can make up to $0.14 a month to relieve themselves in a specially constructed toilet”. […] “The government-backed program serves two purpose: It encourages people to discard age-old practices of urinating and defecating in the open, leading to diseases. And the waste product goes into research to test their effectiveness as fertilizers”.

The scheme started on the festive day of Pongal (Tamil harvest festival) on 15 January 2008. Users are paid ten paise per visit to the Ecosan Community Compost Toilet (ECCT) in Saliyar Street in Musiri.  The payment is made, on a monthly basis, to all card-holders who use the ECCT. Said to be the first ECCT in the country, it was officially opened by the Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE) in April 2006.

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Why public toilets should pay you.

Posted by musiri on July 9, 2008

Crap and Trade

Crap and Trade

What? You’ve been giving away your urine for free?
All these years, you’ve been sitting there like an idiot—or standing, or squatting, or whatever it is you do—pissing away a perfectly good liquid asset. Turns out, you could have sold it.
Many of us haven’t just been giving our waste away; we’ve been paying to unload it. Hundreds of cities have automated public toilets, known as APTs. In New York or Los Angeles, you drop in a quarter, and the door opens. But your quarter hardly pays the bills. New York’s new APTs reportedly cost more than $100,000 apiece; Los Angeles’ cost $300,000; Seattle installed five at a cost of $6.6 million. At 25 cents a flush, 20 to 130 times a day, a toilet brings in only $2,000 to $11,000 per year.

What? You’ve been giving away your urine for free?
All these years, you’ve been sitting there like an idiot—or standing, or squatting, or whatever it is you do—pissing away a perfectly good liquid asset. Turns out, you could have sold it.
Many of us haven’t just been giving our waste away; we’ve been paying to unload it. Hundreds of cities have automated public toilets, known as APTs. In New York or Los Angeles, you drop in a quarter, and the door opens. But your quarter hardly pays the bills. New York’s new APTs reportedly cost more than $100,000 apiece; Los Angeles’ cost $300,000; Seattle installed five at a cost of $6.6 million. At 25 cents a flush, 20 to 130 times a day, a toilet brings in only $2,000 to $11,000 per year.

SOURCE : SLATE

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Get Paid to Pee, EcoSan Toilets in Musiri

Posted by musiri on July 7, 2008

EcoSan Toilets in Musiri

EcoSan Toilets in Musiri

If you want fast cash in India, all you have to do is visit a public restroom.
While countries like Germany charge you to use public restrooms, a new campaign in a rural town in Southern India is actually paying potential patrons in order to encourage use of the ecosan (ecological sanitation) facilities.
They’re offering people in Musiri, a town in the Tamil Nadu state, close to a dollar to use the urinals, an iniatiave they home will improve hygiene in the area as well as doubling as a research project. By taking urine samples, an agricultural university is testing its quality as a fertilizer.

If you want fast cash in India, all you have to do is visit a public restroom.
While countries like Germany charge you to use public restrooms, a new campaign in a rural town in Southern India is actually paying potential patrons in order to encourage use of the ecosan (ecological sanitation) facilities.
They’re offering people in Musiri, a town in the Tamil Nadu state, close to a dollar to use the urinals, an iniatiave they home will improve hygiene in the area as well as doubling as a research project. By taking urine samples, an agricultural university is testing its quality as a fertilizer.

SOURCE : trendhunter.com

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Cleanliness drive: Every visit to toilet earns 10 paise

Posted by musiri on July 2, 2008

Rural India is awash in a sanitation revolution

Rural India is awash in a sanitation revolution

Tiruchi: In a bid to encourage people in the lower middle-class to use toilets, the Society for Community Organization and People’s Education (SCOPE), has come up with the idea of paying residents using toilet facilities. The urine collected from Saliyar Street in Musiri, a small town near Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu, also goes for research to test its efficacy as a fertilizer.
All a person needs to do is flash his/her user card after using the toilet and get a tick mark against the particular date to indicate that he or she should be paid 10 paise for the visit. Residents are given user cards and paid on a monthly basis; most families make upto Rs 30 at the end of each month — provided they’ve emptied their bladders into the pot a sufficient number of times each day.
It’s a win-win situation for the university which now readily gets pure urine in sizable quantities for research — on an average, about 250 litres. According to C Ponniah, professor, Department of Soil and Crops, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam in Thoothukudi, application of urine as liquid fertilizer for paddy could reduce fertilizer cost by 25% for farmers.
“Urine contains nitrogen in the form of ammonia, which is most suitable for crops”, said Ponniah. TNAU is carrying out the research, funded by the Netherlands-based group WASTE, on a plot located near the toilets. The site is divided into 30 plots and paddy crop is raised in the area with varying dosages of urine. The crop condition is being monitored closely and developments under various parameters are being recorded.

SOURCE : Sulabhenvis

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