Porta Potties Explained: Where Does the Waste Go?

Have you ever wondered where the poop from porta potties goes? This is a question we don’t get asked a lot, but we know some of you out there are wondering!

A recent Popular Science article estimated that there was approximately 250,000 pounds of waste deposited into portable toilets over duration of the event. All this organic matter had to be hauled away in a clean and timely manner, making it a huge job for any portable toilet supplier. It may surprise you to learn that this process isn’t any different for smaller events.

After every event waste is pumped out of porta potties using an industrial “vacuum” of sorts, which transfers it to septic trucks. The waste from multiple units is consolidated into the tank and is then taken to a treatment plant. At treatment plants, waste is broken down (typically with microbes) and processed.

While the waste is on its way to poop heaven, each porta potty unit is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prepare it for another event. It’s then delivered to its next location sparkling clean, and fully stocked!

So, there you have it! If you have any questions about porta potties, post them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them in future posts.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Should You Have a Spring Wedding?

Deciding when to have your wedding is difficult in a state like Michigan where all four seasons are so beautiful! Spring weddings have a special place in our heart because they usher in the start of our busy season. If you’re considering a spring wedding, these are the top pros and cons that we’ve seen as a portable toilet supplier servicing spring weddings:

Pros

  • Warmer Weather
  • Spring weddings are typically warmer than fall or winter weddings, which makes an outdoor venue more feasible. The best part about the spring is that while temperatures are typically more pleasant, they’re not yet too hot for guests of all ages to enjoy themselves outside all day.

  • Flowers
  • The biggest benefit of a spring wedding is the outdoor scenery. Newly blooming flowers and trees give a sense of rebirth and fresh starts, which is lovely imagery for a couple to start their new life together.

  • Less Expensive
  • Spring weddings tend to be less expensive than summer weddings because demand is lower. So, if you’re trying to get married on a budget, a spring wedding may be the best way to go.

  • More Venue Choices
  • While popular wedding venues may be booked for many summers to come, their increased availability in the spring means you may not have to wait as long for your dream venue. If your top choice venue is already booked up for the spring, you still have more options than you would in the fall or winter because warm spring weather provides tons of outdoor possibilities.

  • Exciting Color Palette Choices
  • Color palettes for spring weddings can basically include any color imaginable – the brighter the better! Vibrant pink, green, yellow, and purple hues are perfect for spring weddings.

Cons

  • Unpredictable Weather
  • Unfortunately, while spring weather is typically warmer than winter weather, it may not actually be warm yet. Unseasonably cold springs have been known to thwart spring wedding plans, leaving guests cold and venues looking brown and barren. Adding in the potential for spring rain makes weather even iffier.
    You can combat these risks by renting a tent and heaters to keep guests comfortable outdoors. You can also find venues that have both inside and outside appeal and just decide which to utilize on the day of the wedding.

  • Mud
  • With rain comes the early-spring inevitability of mud. Planning your wedding for later in the spring reduces the risk that guests will have to slosh through muddy conditions.

  • School Schedule
  • School is still in session in the spring, which means that if you’re planning a destination wedding, families or parents with children may not be able to attend. If your guest list includes families, try to plan your wedding for when kids will be on spring break to ensure maximum attendance.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Agricultural Portable Toilets – Finding Affordable Options for Your Farm

Farms of all sizes need portable restrooms, but not all portable restroom suppliers can deal with the unique needs of farms. Finding a portable restroom service from a reputable company that specializes in agricultural applications is essential!

Agricultural portable toilets themselves vary from standard porta potties to ensure G.A.P compliance. They come equipped with sinks and service records, are mounted on trailers for easy maneuvering, have bi-lingual signs, and contain spill response plans. These elements work together to achieve G.A.P compliance for farming operations that need to maintain safe food certifications or want to demonstrate their commitment to product quality. Some portable toilet companies claim that they serve farms, but they don’t carry this specialized equipment. Instead, they just deliver regular portable toilets to area farms and leave it up to the farms to supplement them with necessary modifications. This is why it’s so important to choose a turnkey provider.

While farms typically only need portable toilet solutions during the spring/summer or summer/fall busy seasons, doing research in the off-season is a great way to save money. Looking for portable bathrooms while suppliers are less busy can help your farm secure better rates by booking toilets in advance. Additionally, it gives you the time to do thorough research into companies so that you can find a reliable provider.

When researching providers, be sure to consider the needs of your farm staff as well as customers that visit your farm for u-pick or your farm stand. Find a portable toilet supplier that can cater to both needs.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Must-Haves for Outdoor Winter Events

If you’re planning an outdoor event in the next few months, you’ve probably secured all the big stuff like the venue, food, and entertainment. But, if you’ve forgotten about these cold-weather essentials, it’s time to go back to the planning board. Here are 5 must-haves for any outdoor winter event:

  1. Hot Beverages
  2. Nothing warms people up quite like a hot beverage. Be it coffee, cocoa, cider, or chocolate, warm drinks make people feel cozy and warm on the inside. If you’re offering any paid concessions or complimentary food/drinks, find a way to offer some hot beverages as well. This is especially important for events where people may be outdoors for long stretches of time, because it will give them a chance to warm up while still enjoying the event. Everyone will thank you!

  3. Ways to Warm Hands and Feet
  4. Hot beverages make faces and stomachs feel warm, but they don’t do much to warm up the extremities. Unless you want people returning to their cars or going home to warm up, give them a way to thaw out their whole bodies at your event as well.

    Getting inside a heated building is the best way to take the chill off, but if your event is more remote, that may not be a possibility. Consider handing out hand and feet warmers that people can place in their gloves and shoes for warmth in even the most remote locations.

    Another option is a bonfire! This has the dual purpose of warming people up and adding ambiance to the event. (People love bonfires and are sure to remember this romantic feature.) Just remember that every location may not approve of a large fire, so it’s important to check first.

  5. Heated Portable Bathrooms
  6. Any outdoor event will need portable restrooms, but winter events should have heated portable restroom trailers to provide a good experience for attendees. Luxury restroom trailers will take your event to the next level by giving guests a place to go to the bathroom in comfort. Say goodbye to freezing legs (and um… other body parts) while doing your business!

    Restroom trailers have heated interiors as well as hot and cold running water and flushable toilets to make them comparable to using an indoor restroom. (In fact, depending on your venue, luxury portable restrooms may be far nicer than the existing on-site options!)

  7. A Place to Take Cover
  8. Snow at an outdoor winter event is playful and fun. Rain, on the other hand, is downright miserable! Provide shelter for attendees in case there’s inclement weather. Having a tent or indoor location where guests can go if the weather gets too bad is both a comfort and a safety measure in case rain is accompanied by thunder and lightning.
    Not having a place where people can take cover means that in the event of bad weather, people will just leave. It can also deter people from coming that would have arrived later if they get word that the event isn’t properly equipped to handle the weather.

  9. Parking Assistance
  10. In snowy winter conditions, parking lines can be impossible to spot, which can result in people parking over the line or making up their own parking patterns. This can spell disaster if you’re planning a large event or an event where the venue has limited parking. Instead of leaving attendees to fend for themselves, hire parking attendants (or valets if the event is fancy) to assist with parking. Have staff place cars exactly where they want them to ensure that people are parking close enough together to allow room for everyone.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!