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The History of the Portable Toilet

The History of the Portable Toilet

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The History of the Portable Toilet

The History of The Humble Portable Toilet

Did you know that the modern-day portable toilet had its beginnings in World War II? Well, during the war, in Long Beach, California, someone recognized how long it was taking the men working on ships in the shipyard to get to the toilets at the back of the dock. This man quickly asked around to see if someone could create a more portable option to be placed on the ships themselves. These portable toilets were made and worked well but they were very heavy and made of wood and metal. This made them difficult to empty and get on and off the ships they were used on, they were hard to keep clean, and they absorbed terrible odor, but luckily, we didn’t have to use them for long. Fiberglass units were used in the 1970s, and it was definitely a step up from their metal and wood counterparts. They were easier to keep clean and sanitized. They were much lighter and easier to handle, but fiberglass still absorbed odor. In the 1960s, a man named George Harding was awarded a patent for a portable toilet made from rigid plastic. This revolutionized the portable toilet hire industry in the mid-1970s when they were finally introduced. By the 1980s, Polyurethane porta potties were highly popular and used across many industries. They were – and are – the easiest to keep clean and sanitary, the easiest to move around, and they do not absorb odors. The use of polyurethane also brought us different types of portable toilet options, such as the “luxury toilet trailers” that came out around 1984.

Portable Toilet Rental Options From euroloo

Portable Toilets have come a long way from their humble beginnings, and now they are used everywhere from construction sites to commercial business premises. They have become the perfect temporary toilet solution for trades working on home extension and renovation projects and is one of the reasons euroloo offers affordable porta toilet hire options from small loft conversion jobs to major development sites. We offer anything from single chemical site toilets to restricted access toilets for those more difficult to reach areas of the building site. Of course, we have multiple options for the event organiser looking to rent a small number of portable loos as well. Remember, we carry the largest UK stock of portable toilets and our team are available to help with your hire needs, just call, chat or complete a quote form, it’s that easy.

The History of the Portable Toilet



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