No, it’s not a trash can, and it’s not a planter either. These red-topped boxes peppering the streets of Paris are open-air urinals.
They’re called uritrottoirs and city officials installed them to combat the city's public urination problem.
Not everyone is happy about this solution. Locals have complained the urinals are an eyesore, especially around famous attractions like the Notre Dame cathedral.
The manufacturers of the open-air urinals say the boxes are environmentally-friendly -- they’re filled with compostable hay. And they’re supposedly odorless.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.