Why the waste capacity of a portable toilet matters




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Capacity is defined as the maximum amount that something can contain. We often use it in several environments, such as the office, kitchen, and gym. When we’ve been tasked with too many responsibilities than we can handle within the work environment, the cry of reaching our capacity is uttered. It becomes an issue of time or mental capacity required to fulfill all of the given tasks in the critical period. The same applies to a kitchen or food situation; when we’ve eaten and are officially complete, there is no room to stuff in more of the delicious meal. Our stomach is approximately 12 inches long by 6 inches at the widest point. The fitness and exercise environment also calls for the mention of capacity. We push ourselves while working out to either lose weight, build muscle, or boost endurance. People refer to exercise capacity as the maximum amount of physical effort that an individual can go through. These analogies are relevant to understanding the waste capacity of a portable toilet.

Portable toilets are created to collect and dispose of human waste by design. From a capacity perspective, the maximum weight of a user is vital as some portable toilets can accommodate individuals at a maximum weight of 500 lb. The amount of waste portable toilets can handle differs across their respective ranges. Smaller tanks in a portable toilet can hold up to 500 gallons of human waste. The larger tanks can contain up to 6,600 gallons of human excrement in the higher range. Regardless of the portable toilets chosen, the size of the waste carrier is vital for the reasons we will explore below. 

Importance of the waste capacity of portable toilets

When hiring portable toilets, the look and feel of the unit are critical, but of a higher significance are features such as the waste capacity. Let’s explore why this should not be ignored. 


  1. It determines the number of units to be hired: Budget is always important when planning events or a construction project. Deciding on the number of portable toilets to hire is also influenced by the waste capacity of the units. You are less likely to hire too many units when they contain a large waste container. As part of the planning process, you must see the professional guidance of the toilet hire company on the appropriate waste capacity depending on your peculiar needs.
  2. Impacts on the frequency of emptying: As part of the hiring process, in most cases, the provider will have the responsibility of emptying the facilities at an agreed interval. With a smaller waste capacity, the emptying of the units is likely to take place more often during multi-day events and construction projects.
  3. Influences the toilet experience of the user: The waste capacity of these facilities can also affect the degree of odour in the unit and its general state. Portable toilets with larger capacities are more likely to be used for a more extended period. They may produce a foul smell if not provided with sufficient air freshener and cleaning tablet. 

These are some of the reasons why the waste capacity of a portable toilet is essential.  


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