First of all, happy belated World Toilet Day (it was on Tuesday and we totally missed it). In celebration of this day for toilet awareness, the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau announced that the city will be making some changes to its public toilets so that they can be more accessible for the vastly growing number of seniors in Shanghai.
Shanghai’s public toilets will now be equipped with handles on the stall walls so that they can be more convenient for the elderly, according to a report by the Shanghai Daily.
As well as improving facilities for the elderly, the bureau is also using modern technology to assist city residents.
An app is available from the bureau’s website to find the locations and opening hours of toilets citywide.
Some toilets in old residential communities in districts such as Xuhui, Changning and Huangpu are open 24 hours.
Earlier this year, the city announced the release of Shanghai Toilet Guide, a smartphone app that allows its users to locate the closest of the city’s 8,000 public restrooms.
Things have come a long way since China was voted the country with the worst toilets in the world.
What, with all these improvements, people may begin choosing to actually use the designated public toilets over subway platforms, ATM vestibules and elevators.
CHANGE IS NOW!
[Image Credit: Todd Mecklem]