Debunking Common Myths Associated with Portable Restrooms

Debunking Common Myths Associated with Portable Restrooms

Portable restrooms, or porta potties as they’re often called, don’t exactly get the rosiest rap – a perception which often leads to misconception. While it’s true that doing your business in a portable bathroom might not match the comfort and luxury of a five-star luxury hotel, it’s far from the miserable experience that most make it out to be. Noting this, we decided to take a look at some of the common myths and misconceptions associated with porta potties.

Debunking Popular Portable Bathroom Myths

  • They’re only for big events: Let’s get this one out of the way now. While porta potties are perhaps most synonymous at tailgates, festivals and outdoor concerts, they also serve other purposes. For instance, construction sites often rent them, as do businesses or corporate campuses for outdoor spaces or for temporary use when undergoing building construction or renovation. Yes, porta potties have a much broader use beyond where we’ve all seen them before.
  • Porta potties are unkempt: While it’s true that you may find a dirty porta potty, it’s important to think about why it’s unkempt. Often, it’s a product of poor maintenance on behalf of the users. Porta potties are delivered clean and with empty waste tanks, but just like a normal bathroom, can become dirty over time. A dirty porta potty is a reflection of who is using it – and failing to care for it – more so than the company that is renting it.
  • Porta potties are unsanitary: This is another misconception, as almost every porta potty these days is equipped with a hand sanitizer station. Most companies even offer separate hand washing stations for rental. Bottom line – it’s entirely possible to use a porta potty and stay clean and safe.
  • I only need one: The number of porta potties that are rented should always be based on the total number of people that could potentially be using them. For instance, if your office is remodeling and 100 people will likely need to use the portable restroom, we’d recommend renting at least four units based on a 10-hour workday. You don’t want to get into a situation where you underestimate the amount of units you’ll need.
  • Porta potties smell: In most situations, this isn’t a myth. After all, porta potties are essentially just a toilet seat over a waste tank. What is a myth, however, is that there’s nothing you can do about this. On that note, it’s important to clarify that the traditional porta potty isn’t the only one that’s offered by most companies. There are larger, more luxurious portable restrooms, trailers and others that are ideal for classier events or occasions. These units work to better mask the smell by incorporating flushing toilets and deviating where the waste tank is stored in the overall design.


For more debunking on some of the most common myths about porta potties, or to inquire about renting portable restrooms in Chicago for your next corporate function or situation, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems today.

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