How to Rent a Porta Potty: The Important Things to Understand and Do

How to Rent a Porta Potty: The Important Things to Understand and Do

If you are looking to rent a porta potty, there are some things you should know and do. Click here for a guide on how to rent a porta potty.

So, you’ve got an amazing party planned out. Everyone’s going to have a blast, stay from start to finish, and never want to leave the event.

Only one problem… If they’re going to stay from start to finish, and the event lasts for more than 2 hours, will they have access to a bathroom during that time?

The question isn’t is there a bathroom at the location? the question is is there enough bathrooms at the location for the number of people?

If the answer is “no”, then you can rent a porta potty.

If you’ve never rented one previously, here are a few tips to consider when planning for that portion of your party.

1. Consider the Event’s Size and Scale

As previously mentioned, one of the most essential questions to ask during your party planning is will there be enough bathrooms at the location for my number of guests?

Which is a great segway into the first thing you’ll want to consider when renting a porta potty: how many will you need?

If you don’t rent enough, you run the risk of your guests being unhappy and looking down upon the organization of the entire event. Not to mention the “wear and tear” a porta potty goes through with each use.

Because of that, there are two important things to factor in this step: 1) how many people are attending? and 2) what’s the size of the event’s layout?

The general rule of thumb is to provide at least one porta potty for every 50 guests that you have attending.

More than that, will the porta potties be accessible to your guests?

Take a county fair, for example. While the fair itself may not be a huge, space-eating event, there are booths, rides, and events the guests have to walk around.

That means the walkways are winding and confusing, so the porta potties need to be dispersed throughout so that there’s always 1 or 2 nearby.

2. Think Through the Event’s Time Details

Not only is it important to weigh-out the duration and date of the event for your guest’s porta potty needs, but it will also affect your rental rate.

Work out specifics on both the allotted time frame for your event and the date(s) that you’ll need them.

If the event spans over more than one day, you’ll need to factor that in. Obviously, the porta potties won’t be taken away and then brought back in-between the few days.

This helps maximize the convenience of your guests and event workers.

3. Search for Local Vendors

You may have never realized it, but chances are that you have a neighborhood-friendly porta potty vendor near you.

Other than supporting the local businesses in your community, renting from a nearby vendor also allows you to get the lowest possible rates for renting.

That means you won’t have to worry about the excess charges for distribution to-and-from the event. Pay the honest cost of renting the porta potties and having them transferred from the nearest vendor to your event’s location.

However, don’t settle for the first porta potty vendor that you find, you may have more than one by you. Some are always going to be better than others, so it’s best to have options for you to compare side-by-side.

The specifics that you listed in step 1 and 2 of this list will play a vital role in the price range that you receive.

4. Request a Quote from the Vendor

Local vendors are always going to be willing to work with you for the schematics of your event.

However, their prices will still depend on the information you can provide for them. The more info you give them on the date, time, headcount, etc. will help them recommend the services and porta potty count you’ll need.

After they’ve recommended that to you, it’s time to request a quote from each of the vendors that you’re talking with.

While some prices may be lower than the others, that doesn’t mean you should automatically jump all over it. There are other things you need to consider as well:

What is the quality of their porta potties? Are they recommended by former customers? Are they close to your event’s location?

Ask yourself several questions to weigh out each vendor’s pros and cons will help you make the right decision for your event and its budget.

5. Are There Any Add-ons You’ll Need?

The last thing to consider before signing the contract on the quote that you receive, are there any add-ons that they’d recommend for your event?

For example, if your event has animals involved, you may want to provide a portable hand-washing station for your guests to rinse-up after walking around.

Heck, maybe it makes more sense to rent a luxury portable restroom trailer at that point to give your guests the ultimate comfort while going about their business.

Whatever the case may be, make sure to find the necessary porta potty uses for your event. No need to go overboard, just make sure to have the nessary items (such as porta potties and hand washing station) for your guests.

Rent a Porta Potty for Your Event Today

Now that you have a guideline to follow, it’s time to find a trusted company you can rent a porta potty from.

While it may never have occurred to you before, the access to a porta potty weighs into your guests’ overall experience the day-of.

Need more proof? Read this article on 8 reasons to have outdoor porta potties at your next event.

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page and we’ll be happy to assist you further.


8 Reasons to Have Outdoor Porta Potties at Your Next Event

8 Reasons to Have Outdoor Porta Potties at Your Next Event

Do you dream of getting married under the summer sky or hosting a wedding anniversary party to end all wedding anniversary parties? Well, don’t let thoughts of the venue keep you from planning your special moment under the local park’s veranda or your friend’s expansive plot of land.  

Below, we’re going to review how outdoor porta potties can pluck your wildest dreams out of the sky and place them into reality. With a little bit of planning and consideration based on your guest list, you can have an ideal setup at your next party or event. 

1. Venue Options Increase

Porta potties open up a world of venue options. That park where you first kissed your husband? You can plan your wedding reception there now without worrying about bathroom facilities. That farmland you inherited from your ancestors? You can plan your 50-year wedding anniversary there now.  

As long as you can get the generators to that magical space, you can string the lights, set out the hot plates, pump up the subwoofers, and dream your biggest dreams. Porta potties completely eliminate the question of, “Where will people go to the bathroom?” 

2. Your House Stays Clean

If you’re planning an event on your property, will guests have to go in and out of your house? Do you know everyone on the list well enough to feel comfortable having them walk through your home?

If you have more guests than your one and a half bath can accommodate, you’ll definitely want to consider a porta potty. It’ll reduce the lines and the foot traffic through your home.

3. Guest Comfort

Aside from ease of use, porta potties also offer a lot of comfort. This is part of the reason the future Queen of England’s sister, Pippa Middleton, didn’t bat an eye before setting up porta potties at her wedding reception.

You can place three or four facilities throughout the property. If you’re renting a gorgeous white tent for your event, you can place a porta potty at almost every corner. 

This will not only make the guests happy but also make all your expenditures worthwhile. The less time guests have to spend hoofing it to some sort of central facility (or your house), the more time they can spend out on the dance floor. 

4. Parental Assistance

Parents will definitely prefer slipping out of your big, white party tent to run the little ones to a central porta potty rather than schlepping one or all of their kids to some central facility.

And, knowing kids, one will go, they’ll all return to the tent, and then the next one will swear they have to go again. Now, mom and dad can refill their beverage and only take a few steps to help little Johnny or Mary take care of business. 

5. Handicap Assistance

The same thing holds true for your handicapped guests. Traveling long distances just to make it to the bathroom can be quite a burden to them.

And, no matter the style of porta potty you choose, most companies can install handicap units with ramps, railings, and added space. This elevates porta potties from simple comfort options to tremendously empathetic offerings. 

6. Decreased Cleaning

Although you will want to spot check your porta potties throughout the night, that’ll be the extent of your cleaning duties. You won’t feel compelled to bleach the toilet and sink after high levels of traffic. 

Rather, you’ll leave your porta potties out on the property and wait for the rental company to come along and haul them away. 

7. An Array of Options

Hopefully, you haven’t been here with us picturing old-school blue, plastic heat boxes. Nowadays, porta potties come in an array of options. You can even offer your guests full-blown flushable toilets, running water, and mirrors. 

Feel free to stream some music over an AM/FM radio in your facilities. Better yet, go wild and offer designated men’s and women’s rooms.

Lay out fancy towels and offer plenty of lighting. Don’t be surprised if, even in light of those delicious macarons and that spectacular open bar, the talk of the town will be about your luxurious porta potties. 

8. The Open Bar Mandates It

We’ve covered the practical with parental and handicap assistance. Now, it’s time to consider those who will be letting their hair down. If you plan to offer any alcohol at your event, easy access to the restroom will be a welcomed offering. 

The shortened lines will be helpful and the reduced traffic in your home will make you smile. And, again, don’t forget how pleasant your (non-existant) cleanup will be the morning after. 

You Won’t Regret Outdoor Porta Potties

When you consider the ease of access and reduced cleanup that comes with outdoor porta potties, it feels like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Guests won’t have to push their bladders to the limit; young families will appreciate it; handicap guests will love your thoughtfulness. 

If you live in the Wayland, MI area, we’d be more than happy to help you plan the party of your dreams. Reserve that space at a local park. Open up your home without fear of sloppiness from the open bar participants. 

Here at Plummers Disposal Service, we have porta potty rental options available for any type of event. Even if you choose a standard unit, we have an array of colors available for you, including pink, orange, and green. Go ahead. Call us today to check this item off your party planning to-do list!

Renting a Dumpster: The Top Tips You Need to Know

Renting a Dumpster: The Top Tips You Need to Know

Are you needing to rent a dumpster? If so, check out this guide to learn the top tips for renting a dumpster.

Are you renovating your home or office? Do you have a large amount of debris to remove from your property?

Have you always wanted to rent a dumpster—just for fun? Whatever the reason, you’ll want to go about renting a dumpster the right way.

It might seem simple to find a dumpster company and get a dumpster delivered wherever you need it. However, if you’ve never rented a dumpster before, you’ll want to check out these tips for renting a dumpster.

Home or Office?

Where do you need your dumpster? That’s a critical question when renting a dumpster for your project.

If you need debris collection and removal in a residential area, you need a residential dumpster. Many neighborhoods have different requirements for waste disposal. Your city could have rules and regulations about dumpster sizes and where you can put a dumpster on your property.

When it comes to commercial debris removal from an office or warehouse, different rules, pricing, and dumpster sizes can apply.

When you request a dumpster, make sure you let us know where it’s going and the nature of your commercial or residential project. This information helps you get the best rates and the right dumpster sizes.

Size Matters

Not all dumpsters are the same! Depending on the size or amount of debris, you want to rent the right sized dumpster. If you choose a dumpster that’s too small, you add expense with multiple pick-ups from a dumpster you fill too fast.

If you order dumpster that’s bigger than you need, you’ll pay more for space you won’t use.

In general:

  • Basement, attic, or garage cleanouts do well with a 15-yard box. 
  • New home construction or a residential reservation needs to handle more debris. Choose a 30-yard box to avoid repeated dumpster fills and removals.
  • For most large-scale commercial projects, including tearing off the roof, go big with a 40-yard box. 

For your smallest projects, like tearing out and replacing a deck for your home, ask your dumpster provider if they offer trash bins or small, 10-yard boxes. You’ll save money on a smaller container as long as your project doesn’t fill more than the bin holds.

But, don’t underestimate the bin size that works best for your project. When using a rental dumpster, you can’t leave items above the rim of the dumpster. Overfilling your dumpster is a hazard to the public and to the person who removes it at the end of your project.

Choosing the wrong size can increase the dumpster use and removal fees—whether you choose a bin that’s too big or too small. Talk with us to help determine the right size dumpster for your needs.

Location, Location, Location!

Where is the best spot for your dumpster? They tend to be an eyesore; plus you need to place the dumpster in the most useful and safest location.

Make sure you understand any regulations that restrict dumpster placement at your home or business. Put the dumpster in an ideal location for the safe removal of your debris.

Be sure the dumpster company has easy access to deliver and remove your dumpster.

You Can’t Toss That

It’s a dumpster, so you can toss any size, shape, or type of materials, right?


True, a dumpster’s purpose is to hold an assortment of debris and waste. However, there are many things you can’t toss into a dumpster without facing a penalty.

Make sure you remove debris from any cleanout or construction project responsibly.

Some excluded items should be evident due to their potential for extreme harm. These items shouldn’t be common household items but could be more common during a commercial project.

Your Dumpster Can’t Hold These Items

Don’t use your rented dumpster for these dangerous items:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Radioactive material
  • Chemical products, including pool chemicals and lawn fertilizers
  • Industrial waste

Other household items or products might be less obvious prohibited items, but they don’t belong in a dumpster.

  • Household cleaners, like bleach or solvents
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Flammable liquids
  • Paint in liquid form or lead paint chips
  • Fluorescent tubes or any lightbulbs
  • Any liquids

There is one exception to tossing paint in your dumpster. Feel free to load wholly dried latex paint in cans into a rented dumpster.

Additional prohibited items include:

  • Propane tanks
  • Automobile tires, motor oil, batteries, and transmission fluid
  • Any hydraulic or lubricating oils and oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Cloths or rags contaminated with solvents or gasoline
  • Soil contaminated by petroleum
  • Asbestos
  • Appliances
  • Medical waste and medications
  • Asbestos

Not only are these prohibited items dangerous when sitting in a dumpster, but they can also leak out of containers and contaminate soil or harm wildlife. Plus, disposing of these items in your dumpster also puts the supply and removal company at-risk of harm.

Be responsible about the debris you put in your dumpster. Make other arrangements for hazardous items or the disposal of anything on these lists.

Budget Your Dumpster

Don’t forget about debris removal! When creating the budget for your cleanout or construction project, but sure you budget for the cost of renting a dumpster.

Work with your local dumpster company to find the right size dumpster for as long as you need it. Be sure you work through every aspect of your project, including requesting a separate dumpster for yard-only waste if required.

Renting a Dumpster Completes Your Project!

Your project isn’t complete without renting a dumpster to take care of waste and debris. From emptying your basement to remodeling your home, a temporary dumpster keeps debris out of the way of your work.

We can handle debris removal for just about any project from commercial to residential. When you’re ready to talk about the best dumpster for your needs, contact us for a free estimate!