El Paso Portable Restroom Provider Keeps Its Community Clean

Texas company gives back to the community through neighborhood cleanup days

El Paso Portable Restroom Provider Keeps Its Community Clean

Monica Brown, president of Sarabia’s Portable Jons & Blue Sanitation, at the company’s headquarters in El Paso, Texas

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Twice a year, Sarabia’s Portable Jons & Blue Sanitation in El Paso, Texas, passes flyers around to nearby churches, civic groups and the community center announcing a neighborhood cleanup day. The portable sanitation company has a long history of contributing to their neighborhood — donating portable restrooms for charitable events, for example — so when they added a roll-off container division in 2016, they saw another opportunity to help their community.

For the two cleanup days, the company sets out a couple roll-off containers at a nearby location and neighbors are invited, at no charge, to dump any items not collectible in their normal trash pickup, such as furniture, mattresses or appliances. The company does not take hazardous materials or electronic items. Metal is pulled out for recycling, and the rest of the commingled waste is taken to the city’s landfill.

Cleanup days usually get started around 8 a.m. and run until 2 or 3 p.m. when it begins to get overly hot. When the company started the program, two roll-offs were sufficient. However, the event has become so popular that they now start with two, then take those back to the yard when filled to be swapped out for two more. They usually end up going through seven containers.

Brown invites employees to volunteer their time to help at the event. “They do it gladly,” says Monica Brown, company president. “It’s a way of giving a little bit back.” Volunteers do everything from guide traffic to help people unload their vehicles. The company sets up a volunteer tent for them stocked with water and snacks.

Recently Brown noticed a few people showing up not for the purpose of getting rid of stuff, but with the hope of taking some things. “They came by to see what people were throwing away,” Brown says. “They didn’t actually approach anyone, but if they wanted something, they asked if they could take it from us. So they loaded their trucks. Everything has a second life. What’s old for someone is new for somebody else.”

The cleanup days program has been an overwhelming success and people in the community look forward to it, Brown says. “It’s a big affair, a big to-do.”

Read more about Sarabia’s Portable Jons & Blue Sanitation in this month’s issue of Portable Restroom Operator magazine.


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