Inauguration of a jungle toilet in Uppsala
Yesterday, JCDecaux and the Municipality of Uppsala inaugurated the new public "jungle toilet", centrally located in the City Garden. The toilet is completely surrounded by beautiful greenery and was developed by JCDecaux. The toilet is part of the "smart and green cities" concept offered to the 25 municipalities with which JCDecaux works.
There was a lot of interest, with TV, radio and daily press on hand. Local councillor Rickard Malmström opened the toilet and began with a speech.
It's great that we have a partner who is helping to develop our city. We want to build our city sustainably, we have climate change that puts higher demands on stormwater management and also temperatures. This is a great example of how we are taking advantage of ecosystem services in the form of vegetation that will help us manage both stormwater and make this place a little cooler for those who spend hot summer days here. Things that nature helps us with for free through ecosystems. I myself am very impressed with this installation.
Modern technology for maximum function and maximum hygiene
JCDecaux is unique in Sweden in having toilets that are self-cleaning. The self-cleaning features were demonstrated by flushing and disinfecting the toilet floor and seat automatically after each visit.
The toilet is green on the outside, but also on the inside. It's built to be as energy efficient as possible. Under each toilet unit, of which there are four in total, is a small water basin. From there, the toilet units take the water to clean the floor. This water is filtered and reused for the next cleaning. The toilet itself senses how dirty the water is and today we have a reuse cycle of 50-80 cleanings before the water toilet needs to change the water in the basin. The toilet senses this itself.
Magnus Heljeberg, CEO of JCDecaux, is proud of the environmental focus in Uppsala.
JCDecaux has had a very good working relationship with the City of Uppsala for a long time. Uppsala is a city in strong growth and with a focus on sustainable development with new, smart, technical solutions for a sustainable urban environment. Therefore, we are very pleased to be part of this journey by delivering the first of several upcoming state-of-the-art green and smart city toilets. All financed by advertising at no cost to the taxpayers of Uppsala.