Portable Sanitation is Making a Difference

World Portable Sanitation Day gives PROs an opportunity to boost the industry image
Portable Sanitation is Making a Difference

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Monday is World Portable Sanitation Day. The PSAI declared this day as a way to draw attention to the important role the portable sanitation industry plays globally in saving water, protecting the environment, and literally saving lives in poorly developed areas.

World Portable Sanitation Day also provides an opportunity to boost the image of the industry. Portable restrooms are often viewed negatively, no matter how hard operators work to provide great service and clean, odor-free units.

The PSAI website provides information to help you promote World Portable Sanitation Day, the industry as a whole and your own business at a local level. You do your community a great service, though one that’s easily overlooked. Start to change that by participating in WPSD and educating your customers about what you do on Monday, August 15, and beyond. Check out the WPSD Toolkit for ideas and ways to get involved.

For more inspiration, keep scrolling to see ways your fellow PROs have helped their communities and changed lives for the better, as seen in the pages of the magazine and on this website. It’s what the industry is all about.
Happy World Portable Sanitation Day! 

Affordable Portables LLC provided restrooms for a military Special Forces training camp.

Joe's Septic Contractors provided emergency pumping services and portable restrooms after Hurrican Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Harvey's Honey Huts provided restrooms at a California state park during the drought, to conserve water and keep the park open and operational. 

Companies like Energy Waste Rentals & Service provide goods jobs to members of their community.

Ace Portable Toilet Rentals and Septic Tank Services helped farmers meet restroom regulations for their workers.

Owners like Jeff and Trish Wilson, of TPI Portables Toilets and Septic Tank Services, donate both money and services to various organizations, locally and even in Southeast Asia.

Shiny Boys Services provided restroom service to the oil industry.

A Royal Flush rented and serviced thousands of restrooms during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. 


PROs provide restroom service at countless community events, such as...

The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, rental service by The Throne Depot

The Collingwood Elvis Festival, rental service by Chantler's Environmental Services Limited

Iola Old Car Show, rental service by Packerland Portables

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival, rental service by Williams & Bay Pumping Services

Clearfield County Fair, rental service by Pottie Time, LLC


And sometime PROs make dreams come true, like when three-year-old Hannah Palmer really wanted a portable restroom for Christmas, and Dan Grenier delivered.


There’s also this heartwarming story print editor Jim Kneiszel told in his March column earlier this year:

There’s something about portable restrooms that captures the imagination of some small children. Maybe a restroom is the modern version of the rigid cardboard appliance box kids in the past used to convert into playhouses and forts.

A few months back, 8-year-old Caleb Karnitz in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area became obsessed with portable restrooms. Every time Caleb saw a portable restroom at a park, he would beg his parents to check it out. He researched portable restrooms online and watched videos of them being delivered and cleaned. One of the websites he visited was for Jimmy’s Johnnys, a PRO we featured in the magazine a few years ago.

It seems that Caleb’s avid interest in portable restrooms is a characteristic of his autism, the parents told the South Washington County Bulletin newspaper. On the boy’s birthday, his parents asked Jimmy’s Johnnys to deliver a restroom to their driveway to surprise Caleb.

Jimmy’s Johnnys employee Ben Pilquist delivered the clean unit and was tickled to see the boy’s excited reaction.

“Normally when I pull up, people run,” Pilquist said when he delivered the unit and met the boy’s family. “If he wants to use it, that’s OK — just don’t tip it over.”

“This is his absolute favorite thing — bigger than Star Wars,” Caleb’s father told the newspaper.



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