The PROs At Caprioni Portable Toilets Help Transform The Jersey Shore Into A Festival Grounds

Caprioni Portable Toilets helps transform a strip of Jersey Shore sand into a fully functioning campground and Christian festival venue.
The PROs At Caprioni Portable Toilets Help Transform The Jersey Shore Into A Festival Grounds
New Jersey’s Caprioni Portable Toilets counts special event service as one of its specialties, and uses its in-house fabricated restroom and shower trailers on location at the Closer Walk Christian youth event on the Jersey Shore. Tom Caprioni is shown pausing during setup for the camping festival.

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THE TEAM

Caprioni Portable Toilets has been servicing events along the South Jersey coast for 33 years. The other side of their enterprise, Caprioni Family Septic, goes back to 1954. Tom and Genia Caprioni own and operate the two businesses out of a combined facility in Belleplain, N.J., about 35 miles west of Atlantic City. They’ve got 30 employees, about half of whom are family.

Tom’s brother-in-law, Chuck Dougherty, oversees all the company’s portable restroom contracts along the coast and coordinated the work for the Closer Walk event that took place at Morey’s Piers on the Cape May Peninsula.

COMPANY HISTORY

Tom Caprioni has been in the sanitation business his whole life working for his father, Dominick, who founded the company. For the first nearly 30 years it was strictly septic work, servicing the residents of their small town, all of whom were on septic systems, as well as neighboring communities in the mostly rural region. They eventually added commercial accounts, grease trap pumping and sludge hauling.

When they saw a need for portable restrooms, they decided to branch out and in 1982 picked up 105 fiberglass units to get started. Today their inventory stands at 2,000 standard units along with 50 handicap-accessible and ADA-compliant units and 40 hand-wash stations, all from Satellite Industries and PolyJohn Enterprises. The company started offering restroom trailers in 1996 and builds the units in-house. They now have about 60 restroom trailers and five shower trailers, also built by employees.

The company’s service territory covers about an 80-mile radius of Belleplain.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

The company has provided equipment for A Closer Walk since its inception in 2002 by Will Morey, president and CEO of Morey’s Piers, a seaside amusement park and beach in Wildwood, N.J., which hosts the event. In fact, they’ve worked with Morey’s for many years, according to Caprioni, providing sanitation equipment for the four large events Morey’s sponsors each summer, including soccer camps and Boy Scout groups.

THE MAIN EVENT

A Closer Walk is an annual Christian event for youths, primarily grades seven through 12. It’s designed to help them connect more deeply to their faith, but their tickets also include admission to Morey’s three amusement parks and two waterparks. About 2,000 teens and their pastors and chaperones, along with a few families, arrived the afternoon of Thursday, July 31, 2014, and pitched their tents. Facilities included a ministry tent, beach stage and catering pavilion.

Friday morning was spent listening to inspirational speakers, attending worship service and participating in ocean baptisms. The afternoon was set aside for visiting the attractions. That evening the group enjoyed live Christian music and a fireworks display – then off for more amusement rides until midnight. The official activities concluded Saturday morning, leaving the rest of the day to pack up and head back to the parks.

BY THE NUMBERS

Using two Ford F-350s pulling a 14-unit company-built trailer and a 12-unit McKee Technologies Inc. Explorer trailer, the company made the 26-mile trek to Morey’s Piers on Wednesday to deliver the equipment. They brought in 16 PolyJohn PJN3s (half blue for men, half pink for women) and four two-basin Satellite hand-wash stations and spaced them out in four banks along the perimeter of the designated camping area. “We put four units and a sink, then moved down maybe 100 feet put another four and a sink, then another 100 feet – every so often we put them,” Caprioni says.

In addition, the company supplied two large restroom trailers (one with four women’s stalls, two men’s and three urinals, the other with five women’s stalls, two men’s and three urinals), and two large shower trailers (nine-stall and 10-stall), all for general use. The showers were used on a first-come, first-served basis and were free to the campers. “Morey’s just paid one lump sum for the showers,” Caprioni explains.

Caprioni’s trailers are easily identified by their cedar-shingle-looking vinyl siding. The homey look is further enhanced by a white picket fence on each end and porch lights over the doors. Interior walls are half wood paneling and half marble-look plastic laminate. Vanities also have a marble appearance. The ceiling is tongue-and-groove cedar board.

The campground was on a public beach and not fenced off, so there was no way to control access to the restrooms and trailers. “If somebody off the beach wanted to use them, you really couldn’t tell,” Caprioni says.  “And you couldn’t do anything about it.” But he says they did not experience any problems with graffiti or vandalism often encountered at public events.

The company removed everything the following Monday.

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN

Friday morning at 5 a.m., four technicians took off from the company yard to service the units. They took a 2014 Ford F-450 and a 2014 Ford F-550 outfitted by Coleman Vacuum Tank with 900-gallon waste/200-gallon freshwater aluminum tanks and Masport Inc. pumps. The team finished the job around 10 a.m., then repeated the process late that afternoon and again early the next morning. Access was fairly easy as the units were adjacent to service roads, so there was no need to maneuver through crowds. Units were supplied with chemical deodorizers from Walex Products. The waste was transported to the Cape May wastewater treatment plant for disposal.

During each visit the drivers left supplies for Morey’s on-site attendants who monitored the equipment during the event, keeping units and trailers stocked and tidy.

TEAMWORK

The event went smoothly, the weather was perfect and the hand-offs from Caprioni’s staff to Morey’s were seamless. The two companies have worked together for so long they have the logistics down to a science.

Caprioni knows what Morey’s wants and makes sure they get it. “I take care of them,” he says.



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