More free, clean toilets: That is the goal of the “Nice Toilet” campaign, which is now also starting in Itzehoe.
Most people know the problem: when you need a toilet on the road, there is often not one in sight. The number of public toilets is simply too small for this. But building new toilets just like that is not so easy – and then also associated with high costs. New toilets mean high investments for every municipality, combined with subsequent care and maintenance costs. The city of Itzehoe is in the same situation as everyone else.
The “Nice Toilet” wants to and can improve this situation. The idea: business owners and restaurateurs make their toilets available to non-customers free of charge, and in return receive a small allowance from the city for maintaining the toilets each month. This increases the number of publicly accessible restrooms without the need to build and maintain additional restroom stalls.
Initiated by the Seniors’ Council with its chairman Walter Günther and Johannes Hasselblatt, representative for people with disabilities, the project is now also starting in Itzehoe. “The concept of the “Nice Toilet” was developed in the city of Aalen and is now established in many cities in Germany and Switzerland,” Hasselblatt said. His son Felix Hasselblatt had discovered the project in Aalen and brought it with him to Itzehoe, so to speak.
In Itzehoe, the project is now starting initially with these seven participants:
- Hotel Dithmarscher Hof, Dithmarscher Platz 8
- The Bridge, Field Forge 83
- Heaven & Earth, Kirchenstr. 5
- Bakery Frähmcke, Breite Str. 12
- Behrens & Haltermann, Breite Str. 22 – 32
- Café Ramm, Sandberg 53
- Pfingsten Wine House, Salzstr. 2
Red stickers with the smiling 00 face indicate in the entrance area of the participating companies that the toilet can be used there free of charge. Pictograms additionally indicate the equipment of the toilet, e.g. whether a changing table is available or the toilet is barrier-free. And the locations can also be accessed digitally via the Nette Toilette app. With the Nette Toilette app, the shortest route to the nearest Nette Toilette is displayed at all times. The app can be downloaded free of charge. Another advantage: This shows all participating cities and their Nice Toilets nationwide. So even when visiting other cities, it is always quickly clear where to find the nearest toilet.
Business people who also want to participate in the “Nice Toilet” project are welcome to contact the city management or directly the representative for people with disabilities, Johannes Hasselblatt(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Source: Image and text www.itzehoe.de
Happy about the start of the project: Johannes Hasselblatt (Representative for People with Disabilities), Mayor Ralf Hoppe, Stefanie Lorenzen (Itzehoe City Management), Heiko Nölting (Brücke Bistro) and Sven Haltermann (Behrens & Haltermann)