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We’ve featured San Diego-based Diamond Environmental Services in PRO magazine, and now we see owner Eric de Jong is making headlines for stepping in and helping with a sanitation issue plaguing the East Village neighborhood near downtown San Diego.

For several years, de Jong’s company provided portable restrooms that were heavily used by the homeless population in San Diego. The company had agreed to cover the costs of the restrooms and cleaning. However, when restrooms were later removed, complaints grew over unsanitary conditions. So de Jong stepped in and agreed to bring the restrooms back, and reports that he’s working with nonprofit groups to come up with a plan to cover the costs.

You can see a television news account of the situation here:

“We are happy to partner with the City of San Diego and homeless advocates to restore a sense of dignity to homeless men, women and children, and to contribute to the cleanliness and economic viability of the community in which we live,” de Jong said.

We’ve written about situations like this one in the past. There is a growing need for portable sanitation products in downtowns across the country. Diamond Environmental found a way to help its local community and realize some positive public relations benefits as a result of the effort. And, in the end, hopefully the company – working with community leaders – will find a way to cover its costs for ongoing restroom service.

Congratulations to Eric for stepping in and helping solve a growing concern. Do you see a similar opportunity where you live? 

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