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Portable toilets – hire or buy?

28 June 2022

When considering portable toilet facilities for a long-term construction or refurbishment project, some facilities managers consider purchasing their own units for the duration of the works. We examine the pros and cons of purchasing a portable toilet unit Vs portable toilet hire.

For some, investing in a portable toilet unit can make perfect sense. For example, a jobbing builder who carries out renovations in different locations and has the means to transport the unit between jobs, may decide it is a cost-effective solution to purchase a plastic portable toilet, compared to site toilet hire. However, careful consideration should be given before choosing to buy.

Things to consider before buying a portable toilet unit

In order for your financial investment to pay for itself, you will need to keep the toilet for a fairly long time – is this something that suits you?

Do you have a means of transporting the unit?

If you plan to clean, maintain and service the portable toilet unit, you will be required by law to hold a registered waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency.

You will be responsible for transporting and disposing of all waste in an appropriate way, and for restocking all consumables including toilet paper, soap/sanitiser and paper hand towels where necessary.

The benefits and disadvantages of buying a portable toilet unit

Over prolonged periods of time, purchasing your own portable toilet unit may work out to be cost effective but you must factor in maintenance and cleaning costs. As mentioned above, you will need to obtain a waste carrier’s licence and arrange transportation of the waste, and include the charges for using a waste disposal plant. Alternatively, you will incur costs to have this done for you, which may not make the purchase financially viable.  While portable toilet units are durable, and will last a long time, even the smallest unit measuring 1.19m in width will require permanent storage when not in use. If purchasing a luxury toilet trailer, it will take longer for the unit to pay for itself and larger storage will be required.

The benefits of portable toilet hire

The main benefit of portable toilet hire and luxury toilet hire from a reputable and experienced company like Fortis Hire, is the peace of mind that everything can be included in your hire contract, from delivery and installation of all units, to waste removal and disposal.

As licenced waste carriers, we have the equipment and the transportation to both empty our units and transport the waste for ethical disposal so that you don’t have to worry about it. All consumables are included in every hire and we can arrange for these to be restocked when required. For longer term hire contracts, we can arrange for regular cleaning and servicing of the units and where there are insufficient facilities for the installation of a unit, we can arrange generators, and water supplies for you.

Hiring your portable toilet units also gives you the flexibility of choosing from several types. We supply luxury toilet hire which includes trailers to accommodate up to 450 people over an 8-hour period, luxury vacuum pods, and luxury disabled toilets. For renovations or construction projects, our plastic portable toilets can be hired as individual standalone units or in multiples to operate alongside our 6-man plastic urinal and our mobile shower trailers, to provide the perfect combination for your needs.

Portable toilet hire and luxury toilet hire from us, frees you up to focus your attention on other aspects of your project and is one less thing to worry about as we manage and take care of everything for you. You will also have access to our 24-hour telephone support service. For information on any of the units we have available and to discuss your requirements, or for a no-obligation quote simply call us on 01525 643850 or email us at sales@fortishire.co.uk

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