Expo highlights latest in toilet tech

Hu Min
China's toilet revolution continues, with cutting-edge conveniences on view in Xuhui. Across Shanghai, renovations and improvements have also been made to public restrooms.
Hu Min
Expo highlights latest in toilet tech
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The China Toilet Revolution Innovation Expo displays innovative and intelligent toilet-related technologies, facilities and solutions. 

Expo highlights latest in toilet tech
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A visitor experiences a face-recognition toilet paper dispenser. 

A variety of innovative and intelligent toilet-related technologies, equipment and solutions are taking the spotlight at the annual China Toilet Revolution Innovation Expo in Xuhui District, which coincides with World Toilet Day on Tuesday.

The three-day expo held at the Everbright Exhibition Center exhibits eco-technology, odor-removal and air-purifying technology, sewage treatment technology, and public and household toilet equipment and innovative products. It covers 10,000 square meters and will run through Wednesday. 

A total of 1,810 public toilets in Shanghai's downtown areas have been providing free toilet paper, and 874 provide hot water for hand washing in winter, the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said.

Newly opened or renovated public toilets have been installed with unisex facilities, separate rooms for the disabled and safety handrails, the bureau said. 

The ratio of cubicles for men and women will be further adjusted at public toilets in the city and efforts are made to create a clean and comfortable environment for public toilet users, the bureau said. 

An environmentally friendly toilet on display at the expo which combines microbial treatment and intelligent control technology can decompose excrement into carbon dioxide gas and clean water molecules within three to five hours, achieving zero discharge and zero pollution. It can save about 40 tons of water annually. 

Some of the technologies have already been used to improve toilet facilities in China’s countryside.

The expo also exhibits photovoltaic power generation toilets, face-recognition toilet paper dispensers to cut down on the wastage of toilet paper, organic waste treatment equipment and other equipment.

The expo is in its fifth year. 

The event aims to accelerate China's "toilet revolution," providing people with modern, standard, clean toilets, and improved toilet management and service quality, the bureau said. 

A number of events, such as a China toilet quality testing and certification standardization forum, and a seminar on toilet technological innovation, are also held to mark the World Toilet Day. 

Expo highlights latest in toilet tech
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Visitors learn about toilet-related technologies, facilities and solutions at the expo. 

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