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Portable toilet are simple portable enclosures containing a chemical toilet which are typically used as a temporary toilet for construction sites and large gatherings and events. Most of the portable toilets have black open-front-U-shaped toilet seat with cover. They are often constructed out of light weight molded plastic.

General InformationEdit

Portable toilets are referred to colloquially as P-Pot,[1] Porta-John, PortaJane, Port-O-Let, Port-a-Loo, Portaloo[2] Porta-Potty, Tidy John, Kybo, Biffs, Portable Restrooms[3] and Toi-Toi – some of which may be trademarked – and more formally as a "Portable Sanitation Unit".[4]


The modern plastic portable toilet has been manufactured since the 1960s.


Portable toilets are large enough for a single occupant – usually about Template:Convert square by Template:Convert high. While the units are typically free standing structures, their stability is augmented by the weight of the waste tank, which usually contains an empty liquid disinfectant dispenser and deodorizer. Some include both a seated toilet and a urinal. Most include lockable doors, ventilation near the top, and a stovepipe vent for the holding tank. Leaving the toilet lid open will reverse the flow of the venting of the tank.[5]


Newer models include toilet paper and, occasionally, antibacterial hand gel dispensers. It has become common for portable toilets to be paired with a portable hand washing station. These stations provide a foot pump to dispense water to wash one's hands after using the toilets. Soap and towels may be provided.[6]

'Luxury' portable toilets also exist.[7] These are typically conventional domestic plumbing fixtures within a portakabin-like structure.[8]


Another recent innovation in the portable toilet arena is their use as a form of outdoor advertising. Some advertisers wrap portable toilets with vinyl material similar to that commonly used on cars and buses. The graphic wraps are intended to catch the attention of potential customers waiting in line to use the toilet.[9]


Though more expensive than a standard permanent outdoor latrine, portable toilets have several significant benefits mostly related to their portability. They are rented to customers by companies that guarantee their cleanliness, and so as a rule are drained, cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized on a regular basis. As they are not plumbed, they do not clog. A single portable toilet can be hauled in the back of a pick-up truck. An average portable toilet is able to hold enough sewage for 10 people during the course of a 40 hour work week before the hold reaches unsanitary conditions.


They are frequently seen at outdoor work sites, particularly construction sites, and large banks of dozens of portable toilets allow for ready sanitation at large gatherings such as outdoor music festivals. Several portable toilets arranged in these large banks are referred to as a 'sitting' of portable toilets.


In the United Kingdom, the Trade Association representing operators of Portable Sanitation units is PSE. PSE also has a number of European members and works closely with similar trade organisations worldwide. PSE has a close working relationship with Government departments such as the Health and Safety Executive and Department of the Environment to improve stands of cleanliness and hygiene, and to promote good practice by its members. Unique to the PSE is its members' award scheme. Presently members are able to qualify for a Gold Award after completing a stringent set of assessments set by PSE. In the United States, a similar organization exists called the Portable Sanitation Association International. (PSAI)


  1. P-Pots Portable Toilets. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  2. Masters, Catherine (26 February 2011). "Christchurch earthquake: Survival in the suburbs". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 November 2011. "I just wish we had a portaloo..." 
  3. Meera, Pal (2 August 2011). "Game of Thrones: 2 Va. restrooms vie for best in country". WTOP Radio 103.5FM. Retrieved 26 February 2012. "Also making the list of best bathroom finalists is Chantilly-based Don's Johns, the self-described leading provider of portable restrooms..." 
  4. "Portable Sanitation Association International"
  5. Product overview. Satellite-Thal. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  6. Produktdetails Seifen- und Reinigungsmittel. Satellite-Thal. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  7. Manufacturing | Shower Trailers | Restroom Trailers | ADA Compliant Restrooms | Mobile Restrooms. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  8. Beautiful loos to enhance your venue or event. IGLOOS. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  9. InHouse – Home. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.

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