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Portable urinals set up in Danish capital

March 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 20 (UPI) -- Officials in the Danish capital have installed portable plastic urinals in a city square to prevent men from urinating in doorways and on park benches.

The Copenhagen City Council said the mobile urinals, essentially large plastic funnels that direct the urine into city sewers, have been installed in the Stroget area in the city's center to prevent men from drunkenly using benches, doorways and corners as toilets, The Copenhagen Post reported Wednesday.

Claus Robl head of the Center for Renhold, which is responsible for daily cleaning in the city's public areas, said the portable urinals were originally designed for the Distortion music festival and were tested in the Stroget area last weekend.

"It's something we developed for the Distortion music festival to create an easy, simple solution to an urban problem that can be set up and taken down easily," Robl told the Politiken newspaper. "We did not get nearly as many complaints about people urinating on the walls of houses or on garden gates."

"These are not something that should be permanently standing in the streets," Robl said. "They can be put up as needed, and we want to find out where it makes the most sense to put them up."

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