A new-age portable restroom design earns an Ontario college student high marks for innovation.

Welcome to next-generation portable sanitation. A portable toilet that can expand to four times its original size won the Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition. Ontario, Canada, university students compete to come up with inventions that help remove barriers for people with disabilities. 

This year’s winner — Jasmine Yeung of Carleton University — designed the E-PAW, or Expandable Portable Accessible Washroom, which offers accessible washroom facilities coupled with an enjoyable experience, particularly for special event attendees. 

A COU press release explains that the unit is designed to “make life easier for people in wheelchairs, but can shrink for easy transportation.”   

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A slide-out mechanism allows for expansion and contraction of the restroom. When a unit is not in use, it can shrink to the size of two standard portable restrooms for easy transportation. 

“This expandable portable washroom is one of those wonderful inventions that will improve the quality of life for many people,” says Max Blouw, COU chair, in the press release. 

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Although the student competition focuses on a range of innovations for people with disabilities, this new-age restroom could benefit the special events sector of your portable restroom operation. With more accessible facilities, more people are likely to attend events, which means event coordinators need more restrooms. 

Perhaps it’s a stretch to say young people are excited about portable sanitation, but Yeung’s innovative design is evidence that at least it might be on their radar. This bodes well for an industry with a demand to fill positions as more and more first- and second-generation business owners retire. 

This novel restroom probably won’t hit the assembly line, but, if nothing else, it’s still pretty cool. 

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Have you thought of any unique designs or timesaving gadgets to help your portable toilet business? How could this new portable restroom design benefit your special event customers? Post a comment below or email kim.peterson@colepublishing.com.

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