Photos: Amsterdam uses special plant pots to tackle age old problem of public urination

The city of Amsterdam has found an innovative way to tackle the age old problem of public urination.

The city council has installed 12 special plant pots that double up as urinals spread across tourist hot spots including the Red Light District, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein.

The planters, called GreenPees, serve a duel purpose, providing late night revellers with a place to relieve themselves if they are caught short while the urine is collected and used to make fertiliser.

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The Dutch company behind GreenPees already supplies the bold invention to three other cities in the Netherlands and one city in Belgium.

Inventor Richard de Vries said the company worked on a pilot project with the city back in 2018 which saw four GreenPees installed and reduced ‘wild peeing’ by 50 per cent.

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He added: ‘Peeing against a wall is going to damage historic buildings.

‘It is dirty, unhygienic and attracts flies. We came up with the idea of a planter to help keep the city green and provide something we can make fertiliser from.’

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