Tips & Advice
Are portable toilets required on job sites?
Depending on the job site, portable toilets can be required. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) demands that construction sites, or mobile crews, with a minimum of 20 workers, must have access to a minimum of one toilet on or near the work site. That number goes up from there with additional workers. What about toilets designated for male and female? As long as the toilet provides privacy, the single-occupant portable meets that requirement.
Some portable toilets do indeed flush, and the ones that do are called fancy. Basic, single-occupant portables have a holding tank, as you probably have seen if you have ever used one, that eliminate flushing. The waste drops directly in. There are flushing units that have toilets that flush by using water held in a hidden reservoir inside the unit, as opposed to being hooked up to a water line like your bathroom at home. Larger portables even have sinks with water access, meaning more water reservoirs to handle the additional need.
How is portable toilet waste disposed?
Once the waste inside a portable toilet’s holding tank is removed, it is disposed of at a designated waste water treatment plant, or any designated waste treatment and disposal sight. Fear not; if you are renting a portable toilet, you do not have to worry about waste disposal, as it will be up to the rental company to handle that. They have vehicles that siphon the tank dry and take the waste to the appropriate sites.
What is the blue liquid in portable toilets?
That blue chemical inside the portable toilet tank is a chemical used to break down the solid waste, mask the odors, and kill germs. Traditionally this chemical is formaldehyde-based, but, as many states outlaw its use in portable toilets, companies are turning to a more green approach to the chemicals. Enzymes can be used to eat the odor-causing bacteria, and biological additives are used to speed up the decomposition of organic matter and toilet paper.
How much does it cost to rent a portable toilet?
The cost to rent a portable toilet will depend on the type of toilet you want. They range from the most basic to elaborate set-ups with multiple stalls, sinks, and more. Rental rates for a basic toilet also vary on the length of the rental, which means short-term rentals, like daily rates for a backyard party or event, will cost more than the rental for a two-month long construction site. Daily rentals on basic toilets can start at $150- $200. Prices escalate with the larger toilets. Seasonal rates can also be a factor. With all the variables involved, the best way to get an accurate quote is to ask.
How does a portable toilet work?
Inside the portable toilet’s holding tank are chemicals that break down the solid waste and kill germs and odors. Those chemicals also break down toilet paper. Obviously you don’t want to get these chemicals on you. In flushable portable toilets there are water reservoirs inside the toilets, in lieu of a permanent water line. In more elaborate set-ups there might even be several stalls and full sinks with running water.