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Germany: Metalheads get their own personal toilet

The personal Metal Mobil WC, 2012 model. Photo: Wacken.com

Nowadays some (older?) fans of black metal, death metal, gothic metal and the like are not averse to a bit of luxury. Since 2007, the organisers of Wacken Open Air (W:O:A), an annual heavy metal festival in Germany, offer attendees the chance to rent a personal mobile toilet. Costing 120 Euros each, there are 150 MMWCs (Metal Mobil WCs) on offer. The MMWC provider will clean your toilet too, for an additional 25 Euros.

In 2011 all 150 personal toilets were booked within 4 hours, according to the festival web site.

The vast majority of the 80,000 festival goers will still have to queue, as usual, in front of the public mobile toilets available for free on the festival site.

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A human-waste gold mine: Bill Gates looks to reinvent the toilet

An article in Time Magazine highlights the collaboration between the Gates Foundation and Germany in finding innovative solutions for sanitation in developing countries.

The Head of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Frank Rijsberman, talls about new ideas for using human excrement. “Human waste could be a real gold mine”, he jokes.

In April 2001, Bill Gates not only met German Development Minister Dirk Niebel but also German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff in Berlin.

In a press conference he told journalists that they didn’t talk politics, but discussed the idea of the “ultimate toilet.”

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New toilet museum opens in Wiesbaden, Germany

Photo: Harlekin Klooseum, Wiesbaden

“Harlekin’s Klooseum – Museum of Modern Arsch” opened it doors on 3 April 2011 in the German city of Wiesbaden. The focus of the exhibition is the cultural history of the toilet and the human body.

The Klooseum (“Looseum”) is the brainchild of collector Michael Berger (69) who explained “this is my present to humanity. I am mad, but I love loos.”

Lots of Neo-Dada toilet humour. “Esst mehr Scheiße – Millionen Fliegen können nicht irren”.

Entry: € 4,99, recommended for children of 10 years and older
Open: every Sunday from 03 April 2011 from 11:11 – 17:17 until 28 August 2011
Address: Wandersmannstrasse 2b, D-65205 Wiesbaden, Germany

See photogallery on T-online

Web site (in German): www.klooseum.de

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Millions to benefit from UK-Dutch water and sanitation initiative

Millions of people in Africa and Asia will be provided with clean drinking water and decent sanitation thanks to a new joint initiative from the UK and the Netherlands.

Announcing UK support for the “Framework for Action”, DFID Minister Gareth Thomas spoke of the need for greater progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on water and sanitation.

The initiative, which was launched on 24 September at the United Nations High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals in New York, will allocate £5 million (6 million Euros) over five years to an annual report and high level meeting focused on reviewing progress. The first of these meetings will be held in 2009 and convened by Unicef.

A further joint Dutch-UK commitment was made of £85 million (100 million Euros) over the same period to help up to 20 poor countries develop and implement their own national water and sanitation plans.

Source: DFID, 25 Sep 2008

Other committments made during the”One World One Dream: Sanitation and Water for All” event at the UN High Level Meeting include:

  • Japan  – establishment of a Water Security Action Team for Africa to provide safe drinking water for 6.5 million people and implement a water supply capacity-building program that would train 5,000 people over the next five years;
  • Tajikistan – hosting the International Freshwater Forum in 2010;
  • The Netherlands – providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for at least 50 million people by 2015 having already signed various agreements that will benefit almost 30 million people, at a cost of around €1.3 b;
  • Germany will continue to train Central Asian water experts.

Source: UN High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals : Committing to action: achieving the Millennium Development Goals : Compilation of Partnership Events and Commitments, 25 Sep 2008

Germany – Bring on the Trash, Hamburg tells Naples

The Italian city of Naples, rocked by a series of garbage crises in recent months, can count on some German help in taking care of the stinky situation.

From Naples, the Italian city with nowhere to dump its rubbish, the freight trains take 44 hours to reach Hamburg, a German city that is only too happy to incinerate the stinking mess.

Hamburg’s municipal sanitation department has contracted with the Italian government’s garbage supremo to destroy 30,000 tons of garbage from Campania, the Italian region that includes Naples, as part of a German promise to burn 160,000 tons for the Italians.

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Symposium: Coupling Sustainable Sanitation and Groundwater Protection

Coupling Sustainable Sanitation and Groundwater Protection

Symposium to the International Year of Sanitation (IYS), 14-17 October 2008

WHO and UNEP are co-sponsoring this International Symposium, organized by the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), 14-17 October 2008 in  Hannover. The objective is to provide a forum for interaction between practitioners and decision makers, with the goal of finding practical solutions to sustainable sanitation. Reducing health risks associated with inadequate sanitation is a key cross-cutting theme.

More information and registration: Symposium to the International Year of Sanitation 14-17 October 2008

Germany – Welthungerhilfe calls for greater sanitation measures

Bonn, 19.03.2008. Welthungerhilfe is calling for greater measures to improve sanitation and hygiene facilities in international development projects as well as emergency aid. “This isn’t a popular subject,” explains Martin Wolff, Welthungerhilfe’s Programme Manager for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, “but installing latrines and raising hygiene awareness are essential if people’s health is to improve in developing countries.” In its project countries, Welthungerhilfe makes sure that those who benefit from water installations and sanitary facilities are also those who maintain, repair and administer the amenities.

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