With public toilets as well as loos in pubs and shops being closed during the Covid-19 outbreak, there’s been an outbreak of what can only be described as “fly peeing”.
In the true nature of ‘if you got to go, you got to go’, waste management company BusinessWaste.co.uk are hearing reports of people turning local beauty spots into public bathrooms, and increasing numbers of bottles of urine appearing along main UK roads.
“Easing of lockdown measures means that people are venturing out for day trips, but unfortunately many councils haven’t reopened their public toilet facilities due to social distancing measures,” says company spokesman Mark Hall.
“Instead, people are fly-tipping UK roads with bottles of wee – perhaps we ought to rename this environmental crime fly-peeing.”
One group that has been a constant on our roads during the lockdown are the delivery drivers who have been delivering essential items up and down the country, but Business Waste has heard from many admitting they have resorted to using plastic bottles as a substitute toilet.
It’s also got worse with some motorists defecating along verges, in farmers’ fields or even private gardens adjoining roads, sometimes using plastic or paper bags or often no container.
Many truckers are concerned about not being unable to stop due to a lack of open facilities, or being too frightened to stop at services and potentially risk catching Covid-19.
And that’s led to the hideous sight of plastic bottles full of pee in laybys up and down the country. And to be fair, it’s not only truck drivers, but regular drivers too.