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Experts call for end of flushing toilets on World Toilet Day

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As the world celebrates World Toilet Day today, sanitation experts have called for the end of the flushing dunny to save water and provide fertilizer for crops. Leading health advocates have called for the use of "dry" toilets which separate urine from faeces and remove the need to flush.

Speaking at the recent World Toilet Summit in Macau, World Toilet Organisation founder Jack Sims said the concept of the flushing toilet was unsustainable.

In a related news RAS will launch the LOO campaign in November to achieve the 2010 goal of sprucing up 70% of local public toilets to a minimum 3 stars Happy Toilet rating, the basic standard of toilet cleanliness. Mayors, our partners, supporters and participating organisations will be invited to a signing ceremony at the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, will be the guest-of-honour. The launch will coincide with World Toilet Day on the 19th November, join us then!

The LOO Campaign will target the toilet owners, cleaners and users by adopting a four-pronged holistic approach:

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Encourage toilet owners to commit to the ownership of their clean toilets facilities by joining our HTP.
Train toilet cleaners with the right skills to maintain the toilets.

Educate toilet users about toilet etiquette, personal hygiene and public health with our public and school education programmes.

Recognise anyone who has contributed to help Singapore achieve a world recognised standard of toilet cleanliness.

The five criteria of a 3-star toilet

Working facilities
Provision of basic amenities i.e. hand soap and toilet paper.