If you are putting together a medium or large music festival this summer, one of the things you need to consider is how your attendees will use the bathroom. In most cases, you will want to rent portable toilets and make them accessible in various areas around the festival grounds. However, renting portable toilets comes with several issues including avoiding clogs when emptying the toilets and keeping the toilets clean throughout your festival. Below are three tips to make portable toilets more pleasant at your festival this year.
Make Sure Your Participants Know Not to Put Anything Except 1-ply Toilet Paper Into the Portable Toilets
For multiple day events, you may have your toilets emptied multiple times throughout the event. If your event is just one day or overnight, you will still have to have the toilets emptied before they can be transported away from the event site. Unfortunately, foreign objects in the toilet can cause clogs that delay the emptying of the toilets and cost you money. To prevent this, you should make sure all of your participants know to only use 1-ply toilet paper in the toilets.
You should include this information in a welcome packet or registration email and also post reminders on or around the toilets. To encourage this behavior, you should also have volunteers make sure the toilets are stocked with appropriate toilet paper at all times.
Provide Lighting for Nighttime Toilet Use
Using a portable toilet in the dark can be difficult, especially if your participants are inebriated. This can cause people to miss the toilet and turn the portable toilet into an unusable mess. To help avoid this, you should provide adequate lighting in the toilets for nighttime use. You may place solar lamps inside the toilet at night (take them outside to charge throughout the day) or use glow sticks or battery operated lights.
Make Sure to Provide Enough Toilets for Your Event
In general, the ratio of toilets should be at least one toilet for every 60 guests at your event. However, longer festivals, festivals with high rates of alcohol consumption, or festivals with a largely female population should budget for more toilets. This ensures that lines are short and people can use the toilet before an emergency occurs.
Besides the number of toilets, you should also carefully consider the placement of your toilets, making them accessible from camping areas as well as dancing or gathering areas so people are encouraged to use them.