This Delhi Entrepreneur Is Turning Thousands Of Plastic Bottles Into Toilets; Support His Initiative

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Everyday India produces 25,940 tonnes of single-use plastic waste which clogs our drains, rivers, canals and oceans. It takes over 400 years for a single-use plastic to decompose. But the question is, what can we do about it?

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which targeted open defecation in especially in rural areas was Modi government’s one of the first flagship schemes. Several public toilets were constructed under the scheme. However, even today cities like Delhi lack the adequate number of public urinals and toilets.

In 2014, Ashwani established BasicShit to solve sanitation problems by creating innovative public urinals across cities and implemented projects for cleaning and greening urban areas through research-driven innovative solutions. Support the initiative here

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BasicShit has come up with an eco-friendly ’PeePee’ public toilet made out single-use plastic which is thrown away as garbage. Each PeePee toilet can eliminate more than 9000 single-use plastic bottles from ending up in our water bodies. These toilets require no water to clean and are smell free. Ashwani, the founder of BasicShit came up with this idea after studying various aspects of public urination around the country.  He has authored several research papers and case studies on how public urination affects public health in urban areas. 

Till now Ashwani tried and tested multiple urinal designs across the country out of which 30 – 40 units still working. He spent his own money on research and development and also he received a grant received from Asian Development Bank. 

PeePee urinals from recycled plastic waste

 

As per the latest data from Swachh Survekshan 2019, Delhi has just 3000 public toilets for men and 30 for females for a population of 18.6 million. 

Public sanitation problems in urban areas are constantly undermined especially when it comes to public urination. Due to the lack of proper public urinal and sanitation facilities, peeing in public has become a habit. 

In many places, though urinals are present they are not easily accessible and wherever present, they aren’t properly maintained; leaving the public with no choice. He as a warrior against the public urination menace; strongly felt the need to work towards solving this problem and create a street urinal which takes less space, uses less or no water, is odour free and can be installed quickly. 

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After refining his urinal designs he came up with PeePee toilet. The total cost to construct one unit of this toilet is Rs 12,000. The complete structure of the PeePee toilet is made from recycled single-use plastic material collected from streets. The toilet can be assembled and installed on-site in 2 hours. As it requires no sewage connection, urine is collected in drums, recycled and used for agriculture purposes.

PeePee urinals will be installed across Delhi and will be accessible at every 10 minutes walking distance.

Here are some features of PeePee urinal design for males

The setup of PeePee urinals offers an eco-friendly way to dispose of urine which reduces the load on the public sanitary infrastructure. These urinals are connected to Pee-Cartridge which process the fresh urine to extract urea which acts as a very good fertilizer. This process helps reduce the urea and ammonia effluents in the nearby water bodies, thus helping preserve aquatic wildlife and natural resources.

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The toilets are free to use for all users. It is an on-site urinal system for males and uses reflective signage for easy visibility at night for people travelling on roads and streets.    

As part of the initiative, BasicShit has already set up toilets in various localities to let the citizens know about usability patterns and the success rate of those toilets.

  • Self Sustainable Toilet Design.
  • Odourless urinal, clean & hygienic.
  • No Sewer required
  • No water required
  • Not using a chemical to clean the toilet.
  • Free to use
  • Easy to installed

How does PeePee urinal convert urine to fertilizer 

Human urine is first collected in two Pee-Carriage. Each Pee-Carriage have a capacity to hold 200 litres of urine. Each day on average 150 litres of urine is collected from each PeePee unit in one day. The collected urine is stabilised and purified with activated carbon which safely eliminates all pharmaceuticals and hormones. 

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Then the distiller eliminates all pathogens and reduces the liquid volume by 50 per cent. The last stage produces water and fertiliser for the plants.

Location survey and identifying spot through BasicShit app 

  1. You can tell exactly where you want the toilets to be installed, or
  2. BasicShit can do a survey and identify local spots for toilets using our state of the art BasicShit App, which marks physical spots using GPS and helps identify best open urination hotspots.
  3. Full design and installation of the toilet as per your community’s need.
  4. Fix up a maintenance schedule and provide training to maintenance staff so that they can help you run these facilities without any headaches.
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Ashwani is aiming to build 100 PeePee urinals and install them on the streets, where every corner stinks and need a smart solution. Each city one at a time. Let us come together and help him in building urinals.

Support BasicShit’s initiative in all the ways to help fight the battle against public urination hazards and to build environmentally and economically sustainable urinal systems in all the dirty corners of our cities.

 

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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Making memories, sprouting awareness

“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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