Reducing paper towel waste in public restrooms
Compared to hot air hand dryers, paper towels are the cheapest solution in public restrooms. But this is only in terms of initial investment. Paper towels produce a large amount of waste. Up to 40 % of all waste volumes from public or commercial buildings is generated by paper towels. Using regular waste bins also means that plastic bags are thrown away before the volumetric potential is fully utilised. The EU-funded COMPAX – SWC is developing a smart waste compactor for paper waste. This efficient, cost-saving and more environmentally friendly solution reduces the volume of paper towel waste up to 10 times. It will also reduce the number of plastic bags used. The project is targeting spaces with high-traffic restrooms such as office buildings, hospitals, airports and restaurants.
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