A mother and her daughter walk out of a public toilet near Guomao Bridge Sunday. The toilet is treated with new deodorizers. Photo: Li Hao/GT
Two public toilets in Chaoyang district have recently been treated with new deodorizers in an effort to dispel the noxious smell and repel flies.
Residents have expressed doubt over its usefulness, saying that cleanliness is more vital for a public toilet than smell reduction.
One of the public toilets to have been outfitted with the new deodorizing spray is near Beishatan Bridge, and the other is to the southeast of Guomao Bridge.
CP Oreezyme, the company which has developed this spray, said if successful, the spray will be rolled out in all Beijing's public toilets.
Wang Haitao, a technician from the company, said that this chemical is a molecular biological decomposing agent that they have named OSA (Oreezyme septic tank treatment), but he would not reveal the exact chemical make-up of their deodorant.
Wang said that there are three ways it will eliminate bad toilet odor.
"First, we've installed four atomizers in the male and female toilets, which spray OSA in the air every five minutes," he said. OSA is also used to disinfect the mops used to clean the floors.
"We mix it with plant essential oils so it can repel flies," he said, adding OSA is also poured into the squat toilet to reduce the smell.
On Sunday, inside the men's toilet block near Guomao, the toilet did smell a great deal more fragrant than an average public toilet in Beijing. Yet with bins full of overflowing garbage and feces in the toilet, whether the block could be considered clean was questionable.
A local resident, surnamed Ni, said that he had not noticed any difference in the smell, but agreed a clean public toilet should have few or no flies.
"But in terms of the smell, I don't mind too much since I just go there to answer the call of nature," he said.
A resident surnamed Han said the smell of a public toilet is not his concern.
"I'm allergic to fragrant smells so I might have to go to find an ordinary toilet instead," he said.
In May, 2012, the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment issued a "two fly rule" for public toilets. This regulation sparked huge public dispute over whether it would be practical to enforce.
An official from the commission told the Beijing Times Sunday that with this new deodorizing fly repellent, its toilet inspectors will no longer have to count the numbers of flies.
The commission could not be reached Sunday.