Portable Toilets: A Step Towards Greener Events and Construction Sites?

When it comes to being greener, you might think about implementing strategies such as saving electricity, recycling packaging or using less plastic, but have you ever thought about using portable toilets?

Whether you are running a large outdoor event or a construction site, portable toilets are becoming a sustainable option that can have a positive impact on the environment. Don’t believe us?

Water conservation

For a long time, we have not given much thought to the amount of water that we use, but these days, there is a lot more awareness regarding how important it is to conserve water, but this can be hard to achieve at large events and outdoor sites.

Portable toilets are excellent when it comes to trying to save water as many of them now work with minimal or no water usage compared to the 1.6 gallons of water used by traditional toilets with every flush.

This is because waste does not need to be flushed through pipes as they are broken down by biodegradable chemicals or enzymes instead.


Andrew Sinclair, Managing Director of Get Loos commented, “One of the main advantages of a portable toilet is the fact that it is portable, meaning that it can be moved to just about anywhere. That means that whether you need them for a couple of days or many months, there is no need to try and put more permanent infrastructure in place.”

Resources can be allocated more efficiently, and they allow you to change the layout of your site as and when you need to with a minimum of fuss.

Energy use

A portable toilet tends to use a lot less energy than its traditional counterpart. This is because large amounts of electricity tend to be needed both for water-processing treatments or simply for things such as lighting and ventilation within the toilets themselves.

Some portable toilets do not require any energy at all, whilst others have their own solar panels to ensure that there is a sustainable source of power.

Water contamination

We have all seen the shocking images of water companies and others polluting seas and rivers with waste.

This is terrible for the environment, as it can mean that water sources are contaminated with pathogens and bacteria, which can lead to waterborne illnesses, ecological imbalances and harm for any local wildlife.

As a portable toilet is a self-contained unit, it can prevent untreated waste from entering the waterways as it is capable of breaking down waste all on its own.

Waste management

What happens to the waste that is generated by a portable toilet is very important. There used to be a lot of chemicals involved in the process which could cause their own hazards, but increasingly, there are many portable toilets which now use biodegradable chemicals which are capable of breaking down waste matter and turning it into harmless byproducts.

This can help to reduce the amount of contaminating waste that is produced as well as minimising the harmful gases and odours that untreated waste can emit.

Portable toilets now play a big role in preventing any direct contact between their waste and the plants and wildlife around them, ensuring that soil is not contaminated, animals are not harmed, and plants can continue to thrive.

Portable toilets are a common sight on almost every construction site, and are now used at many events, from festivals, to sporting occasions, weddings and even corporate events. This is because they are not just convenient but can also help organisers to take a big step in the direction of reducing their impact on the environment.