Finding portable restroom providers and learning the right questions to ask can be challenging if you are not familiar with our industry.
We are here to help! If you have additional questions, please contact the PSAI office at 952-854-8300 and we will be glad to provide assistance.
PSAI Members are in two categories of business:
- Portable Restroom Operators (PROs) are companies for hire by the general public, businesses and government agencies to serve all types of portable sanitation needs. To locate and hire a PRO near you, click here for the PSAI PRO Finder.
- Portable Restroom Suppliers serve the PROs by providing the materials and expertise required to run a successful portable restroom operation. Typically, they do not provide services to the general public.
The PSAI is please to announce that a new Guide to Portable Restroom Excellence is now available for the public to use as an online guide, and for Members and non-members to purchase and distribute printed copies to their customers. A copy of the brochure was mailed to Members in February 2016. Additional copies can be ordered via the form below.
Download the order form to purchase copies
Hiring a PRO: What the PROs Need to Know
Download a PDF of helpful information if you are renting a portable restroom.
Read about the industry’s impact on Productivity and Fuel-Savings.
All PSAI Member PROs pride themselves on delivering excellent service to their customers. In order to make this possible, the PROs you consider will require some information about your needs. This will help them make good recommendations to you and, with your help, ensure the right number and type of restrooms are properly placed to provide a positive experience for everyone. Be ready to talk about the:
- Type of event and traffic flow. Different kinds of events require different services. For example, a relay will require more units than a come-and-go art fair. At a relay nearly everyone wants to use the restroom at the same time, and that is not always true of other events. You may want nicer options for your wedding than for your construction site. PROs can discuss these things with you and help you evaluate the options.
- Number of attendees and duration of the event. Simply put, more people and longer events require more units. Your PRO will be able to draw upon industry standards in making recommendations regarding how many units will be required to accommodate the expected number of uses. See our special events chart – click here.
- Outside temperature. On warmer days, users will take in more liquids and make more trips to the lavatories. You will want to keep this in mind as you consider the number of units and the cleaning schedule you will support.
- Food and beverage availability. Units that are placed on sites where users will be consuming a lot of food and beverages will typically be used more than average. Organizers of these events will want to discuss the menu and food/beverage schedule with their PROs to make sure there are enough units for peak times.
- Special needs. If your users will include families with small children be ready to consider units with diaper changing tables and child-sized toilet seats. If the event is likely to include a lot of seniors or people with physical challenges, accessibility and size of the units will be important considerations.
- Terrain and curbing. Portable restrooms generally need to be placed on flat surfaces and to be serviced by relatively large trucks parked near the units. You will want to review the placement options and truck access routes with the PROs you are considering. If some of your units need to be handicap-accessible, curbing and ramps will also need to be a topic of conversation.
With all this information available, your PROs will be able to offer you an informed bid for services – and you will be assured that the crucial elements for positive experiences with portable restrooms are being addressed.
What about the ‘Ick” Factor?
You or your attendees may be thinking, “But I don’t like using portable restrooms – they are ‘icky.’ ” We understand. Here are some things you should know to make your next experience with portable restrooms more positive.
- Successful planners take steps to avoid ‘icky’ experiences. Just like the indoor restrooms at your favorite discount store can get ‘icky’ if they aren’t cleaned often enough, portable units can suffer the same fate. Our industry has high standards related to the repair, placement and cleaning of portable restrooms. These standards cover how many restrooms should be available considering the number of people who will use them, the methods and frequency of cleaning, deodorizing, and so on. Reputable PROs will discuss all of this with their customers, and they will be reluctant to reduce their recommendations even when customers want to cut costs. So if you encounter an ‘icky’ portable restroom – check with the organizer or purchasing agent. Chances are good they underestimated how many units – or how often cleaning – would be needed. Odds are good that an ‘icky’ unit was not placed by a Member of the PSAI – and you can be sure of that because their name won’t be found in the PRO Finder.
- Portable restrooms come in models that flush and deodorize. In addition to traditional portable restrooms, today there are a variety of options from which event organizers can choose. There are portable units that flush and others that come on trailers so well appointed they have marble and porcelain fixtures, built-in fragrance units, and other fancy options. Typically these cost more, but the experience of using one of these toilets is no different than using the restroom at a fancy hotel. These units are very popular for events like weddings and outdoor gatherings where VIPs are present. Be sure to ask your PRO about availability in your area.
Portable Restrooms and “the Big Picture”
Whether you encounter a portable restroom at a community event, on your job site, or in your neighborhood after a disaster, these units fill an important role. In addition to providing a safe, sanitary place to answer nature’s call, they save water. We estimate 125 million gallons of water a day are saved through the use of portable restrooms. Interested in more facts like these? Click here.
Learn more about our Global Sanitation Education Initiative.