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Trendy Pub Ditches Toilets And Asks Customers To Throw Sawdust Down Instead

Lisa McLoughlin

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Trendy Pub Ditches Toilets And Asks Customers To Throw Sawdust Down Instead

A trendy London bar has disposed of its flushing toilets and swapped them for sawdust in a bid to save the environment.

Frank’s Café, which opened in 2009, is located on the top floor of Peckham Levels car park in south-east London, and offers jaw-dropping views across the capital.

The venue tells its punters to throw sawdust down after using its eco-loos, supplied by ComPOOst Solutions, so they can be 'environmentally sustainable'.

A bar in Peckham has swapped their flushing toilets for sawdust. Credit: Triangle News
A bar in Peckham has swapped their flushing toilets for sawdust. Credit: Triangle News

Going the extra eco-mile, the portable toilet company, which is based on an organic farm in Somerset, explained that it uses the end product as fertiliser.

A spokesperson for the company said: "As an organic farm we understand how important it is to cut down on the amount of chemicals used for waste treatment.

"By omitting the use of any chemicals, ComPOOst Solutions allows the waste to breakdown naturally. The nutrients can then be returned to the soil as a renewable fertiliser.

"With the airflow created by our design and the process of the urine being filtered off into sealed units, little to no smell is created."

ComPOOst Solutions claims the sawdust eliminates odours and insists that there is no 'chemical smell to mask the odours' either.

The venue’s toilets consist of a wooden shelf with a seat fixed to it. So, you’re not in for a fright, all previous deposits are visible below the hole, where they wait to be cleaned away.

Customers at Frank's are asked to throw sawdust after they've finished in the toilet (Credit: Triangle News)
Customers at Frank's are asked to throw sawdust after they've finished in the toilet (Credit: Triangle News)

Next to the seat is a metal bucket filled with sawdust and a metal cup, which is used to scoop the woodchips up and throw them down when an individual is finished on the throne.

Staff at Frank’s Café, which only opens during selective summer months, check their eco-loos every half hour to make sure they are in a good condition for their customers.

Meanwhile, a sign on the bar’s bathroom explains their decision to move to eco-friendly toilets and reads: “No water supply or water tankers are needed. No risk for overflow. The user adds sawdust after visit, which works to eliminate odours.

“Safe for the environment, no chemical handling hazards, safe for sewerage treatment works, no ‘chemical’ smell trying to mask the sewage odours.

“As well as the water, chemical and GHG reductions, the end product, compost, is a valuable resource and additionally prevents the use of chemical fertilisers.”

Peckham Levels, which is based in a disused multi-story car park, is a cultural and creative hub for creative and independent businesses.

Featured Image Credit: Triangle News

Topics: UK News, Food And Drink, Environment

Lisa McLoughlin
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