How Park Rangers Use Portable Lavatory Systems to Promote Positive Change in National Parks

Human waste has long been a problem at national parks. Visitors on the trail who find themselves hours or days from a running toilet decide to go behind a tree and cover it up with leaves, or dig a hole where there is the least traffic.

However, park rangers who patrol the grounds and meet visitors who are camping, fishing, hiking, or canoeing have come to realize that most people who appear to misbehave inappropriately in nature do so because they’re unaware of the negative impact human waste has on the environment.

Most people assume that peeing or pooping in the wilderness is perfectly natural. Therefore, they do it if there are no running toilets for miles around or when they simply want to avoid porta-potties at all costs.

Because of budget cuts and government shutdowns, porta-potties can go unserviced for weeks or months. That means gallons of porta-potty sewage have been stewing under the sun for days. The smell that is released when you open the door is one thing; imagine entering, closing the door behind you, and staying inside long enough to finish your business.

However, as the waste problem in national parks continues to literally pile up, it’s no longer acceptable for visitors to use ignorance as an excuse. And they also cannot argue that they were left with no choice because the porta-potties are unacceptable.

Preserving the Beauty of National Parks with Portable Waste Bags

Portable Waste Bags offer a simple solution that keeps park visitors from abandoning their wastes in the wilderness and gives them a safer alternative to unhygienic porta-potties.

To lead the change and set an example, park rangers serve as the role models for best practices and national park etiquette. When they pack portable Waste Bags on their patrols, they can educate park visitors about how a portable waste bag system is beneficial for both them and the environment.

Unlike the national park porta-potties, portable Waste Bags don’t expose you to a host of viruses and diseases such as hepatitis A, norovirus, salmonella, and shigellosis. Plus, each bag comes with an antimicrobial wipe to help ensure you don’t contaminate your hands and pass on fecal matter to others.

The Brief Relief Disposa-John Portable Restroom offers park rangers and park visitors a safe, sanitary, and portable solution for their bathroom needs. The patented “bag-n-bag” system traps in the waste and odor. It contains enzymes and polymers that break down both solid and liquid waste, converting it into a deodorized gel.

For added sanitation, each Waste Bag comes with ample toilet paper and antimicrobial wipe that you can throw into the bag before you seal it; it even handles feminine hygiene products. Because of its sturdy triple-layer barrier bag design, you can roll it up and stow away in your backpack without fear that they will leak. Brief Relief wag bags are also puncture-resistant and have passed numerous drop tests.  Used wag bags are land-fill safe and can be thrown away in any regular trash bin.

National park bathroom etiquette is essential for the safety of precious environments, check out our portable Waste Bags to see how Brief Relief is making a difference in national parks.

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