Portable Commode vs. the Porta-Potty

You’ll see porta-potties lined up at music festivals, concerts, food parks, sporting events, and anywhere else there is a large gathering of people and not enough toilet facilities on-site.

However, ask anyone who’s been to a concert or tailgate, and they will likely tell you that the most unpleasant part of their experience was having no choice but to use those portable outhouses that are often so putrid that they leave you gasping for air the moment you step out.

Fortunately, there’s a more sanitary and less stinky solution that doesn’t expose you to the same health hazards associated with porta-potties. Here’s a breakdown on why portable commodes beat the porta-potty in terms of hygiene, costs, setup, and maintenance.

The Costs

Porta-potties boast a sturdy structure, which is probably the only advantage the porta-potty has over the privacy tent and commode personal lavatory system. Plus, their construction is also what makes them cost more.

On average, it costs $75 to $100 to rent a single porta-potty for one day. It also costs extra for a unit that has mirrors, purse shelves, and hand sanitizers. Events can end up paying thousands of dollars to accommodate the hundreds or thousands of people attending. The price only goes up from there if it’s a multi-day event such as a music festival or a fair.

The Brief Relief Lavatory System, on the other hand, only costs $240; it comes with a privacy tent, a commode with a full-sized seat, and enough supplies for ten people for one day. The tent and commode can be used every day for many years when cared for properly.

Setup and Maintenance

Because of the height and weight of a standard porta-potty, they must be delivered on trucks. Some of the heavier ones even require a crane.

With the Brief Relief Lavatory System, all you need is to find a flat surface to set up the privacy tent. Place the commode inside, and it’s ready for use. People line the commode with a portable Waste Bag and do their business.

Servicing porta-potties is another story; it’s an unpleasant task and described as one of the worst jobs in the world. The reason porta-potties stink so bad is that the toilets sit on top of a giant bin that catches all the waste. The containers can hold gallons, and it’s typically only emptied when it’s close to overflowing. Once it’s filled, a crew comes in to stick a vacuum pipe into the bin and suck out its contents into a tanker truck for treatment and disposal.

With a Portable Lavatory System and Waste Bag, there’s minimal cleanup involved. People go in the bags, cinch them closed, seal and roll them up before throwing them away in the nearest trash bin.

There’s no mess, no spillage, and no smell. The polymers and enzymes in the wag bag turn the wastes into a deodorized gel, eliminating any residual odor. Each portable Waste Bag even comes with ample toilet paper and antimicrobial wipes.

Portable Lavatory Systems and Waste Bags are a cost-effective and more hygienic alternative to porta-potties, and any event attendee could probably count their blessings for not having to use porta-potty at their next event.

Is your event still relying on porta-potties? Rethink restroom norms and check out Brief Relief’s Portable Lavatory Systems.

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