Planning an outdoor wedding? Here are your portable toilet options

Outdoor weddings are a great way to experience natural spaces as you celebrate your union. Planning an outdoor wedding sometimes takes a little more effort than a traditional indoor event, especially when it comes to scheduling logistics like portable toilets. Even if the outdoor venue has some toilet facilities, they may not be sufficient for all your guests. Thinking about a remote location like a beach or campground? As wedding destinations become increasingly remote, toilet facilities may not be available at all. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, here’s what you need to know about your outdoor portable toilet options.

Porta potties for outdoor weddings

When shopping for portable toilet rentals, you have two basic size options. Standard portable toilets stand around 91 inches high and are 44 inches wide and 48 inches deep from the outside. Inside, standard units have a depth of 21 inches and a width of 42 inches. (The toilet tank takes up part of the porta potty space.) This can be pretty cramped, particularity for wedding guests and brides in flowing gowns.

Toilets that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, are deeper and wider. They have a width and depth of 77 inches each. The additional space provides added floor space, making the toilets large enough for someone in a wheelchair to maneuver.

How many portable toilets for a crowd?

When choosing the toilets for your wedding, you need to ensure you have both the right type of toilets and the right number. Most wedding planners recommend one toilet per 25 guests, especially if there’s an open bar. (For obvious reasons!) For a wedding anticipating 150 guests, plan for three to four stalls for women and three stalls for men. However, adding more toilets will improve the comfort of your guests.

In addition, consider adding at least one ADA-compliant toilet. The additional floor space will be helpful to guests with young children, older family members and other guests who may have mobility needs, and even the bride yourself with your gown and its added layers. The larger restroom space will create a better overall experience for your guests and your bridal party.

If your location has access to water and electricity, you may be able to rent a restroom trailer with sinks and stalls. At ZTERS, we work with brides and wedding planners to find the right portable toilets for your location and the time of year when you’ll be getting married.

How far in advance should you rent?

In warmer months of the year, portable toilet rental is in high demand. Many summer brides are surprised to learn that the company they chose for portable toilet rental has run out of available toilets, especially the high-demand ADA-complaint models. If your wedding falls on a week when your community has several outdoor events or large festivals, you will have even more trouble finding available toilets.

Plan to book your toilets two to three months in advance. If you have your date and location reserved earlier than that, go ahead and start calling to make those toilet reservations. Fall brides should also be aware October is usually the busiest month for renting portable toilets. With all those hay rides, pumpkin patches, and outdoor haunted houses, toilet rentals can be hard to come by.

Portable toilet rental may not be the most glamorous part of your outdoor wedding, but it is one of the most important factors. It’s also the easiest to forget. Make portable toilets a main part of your wedding planning to ensure the entire day goes off without a hitch. We schedule toilet rentals nationwide, 365 days a year. Give us a call to help find the right toilets for your wedding.

Ask Angela: What kind of porta potties will show up at my outdoor wedding?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Site Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website.

Dear Angela, I’m planning an outdoor wedding, but I’m worried the portable toilets will end up being gross. I don’t want our guests having a negative bathroom experience. Should we go ahead and rent them, or is there another option?

Angela: First, congratulations on your wedding! And kudos on planning an outdoor event. A lot of people call us with questions and concerns about the quality of portable toilets at their events, so I hear this question a lot.

Most people don’t realize this, but the toilets used at events aren’t what you probably picture when you think about portable toilets on construction sites or work zones. You’re not going to get a dirty, worn out bathroom at your event.

There are two things to consider with event toilets. First, there’s a porta potty life cycle. And second, there are several different options to choose from.

Believe it or not, there’s a natural life cycle to portable toilet rentals. When they’re first constructed and brand new, those are considered event-grade toilets. Once they’ve been used for a while and they’re not as new, they move on to become construction site toilets. They’re still nice toilets! But they’re not as new as when they were first built.

The point is, there’s a gradation that happens where they move down the line until their useful life is over. So, you won’t need to worry about low-quality toilets being delivered to your wedding.

Next, you have several options for your toilet rental! There are event toilets that are just toilets and urinals. There are toilets with sinks instead of urinals. There are even flushable units that have a manual flushing system! They use gravity to make the portable toilet a lot more like a regular toilet. In other words, your guests won’t see down in the tank!

And since it’s your wedding, you may want to ask about an ADA or wheelchair-accessible unit. They’re a little larger and will better accommodate you in your dress and your bridal party if they’re wearing large or constrictive dresses. You’ll all have more room to move around.

One last thing I always like to mention—make sure you book your toilets up to three months in advance. Especially during the summer months, because there are so many festivals and outdoor events. You should book your toilets early, but even if you forget (and a lot of people do!), we can probably help you find last-minute toilets if you give us a couple days’ notice. You may have to pay a fee for ordering on short notice but give us a call and we’ll do our best to find what you need.

Most people don’t realize this, but October is actually the busiest month for portable toilets because there are so many haunted houses and pumpkin patches that run all month. If your wedding is in the summer or October—call and rent those toilets at least three months in advance!

I hope that helps put your mind at ease—you and your guests will be perfectly fine in your porta potty rentals. And if you need help figuring out how many to rent or what type is best for your guests, give us a call here at ZTERS and we can help you get what you need.

How do you choose the right roll-off dumpster?

Construction projects of all sizes have one thing in common – you’re going to need a roll-off dumpster. Dumpsters are one of the first services you schedule when you establish a construction site. They come in several sizes, and the right one will depend on your project size, budget, and what you’ll be hauling away.

Roll-off vs. front load

If you’re new to the world of dumpster rentals, you might not know the difference between a roll-off dumpster and a front-load dumpster.

What’s an easy way to tell the difference? Roll-offs have an open top and are loaded on a truck (think “rolling off” a truck), while front-load dumpsters are the covered trash bins typically found behind restaurants, strip malls and apartment complexes. They’re called “front load” because a truck lifts them from the front of a garbage truck to dump the contents inside.

A roll-off is the way to go for clean-outs, renovations and any size construction site. With its open top and multiple size options, debris can easily be managed. Regular pick-ups also make it easy to haul off demolition and construction debris over longer periods of time.

Roll-off dumpster sizes

Roll-off dumpsters come in standard sizes, including 10-yard, 20-yard, 30-yard and 40-yard options. Not sure which size is right for your project? We put together an illustrated guide.

In a nutshell, a 10-yard dumpster holds the equivalent of about three pickup truck loads. Multiply those numbers to estimate the storage space of each size dumpster.

For small renovation projects, a 10-yard rental is enough space to haul off small amounts of piping, reflooring and renovation debris. It’s also a good size for disposing of concrete, dirt and other heavy materials because the sides are short enough to prevent overweight penalties.

On the other end of the spectrum, a 40-yard dumpster is the largest dumpster available and holds up to six tons of weight. It’s a good size for large construction sites. Before you book a dumpster this size, make sure you have enough site space and clearance for a truck to safely drop off and load a full dumpster.

National roll-off pricing

Dumpster prices vary widely across the country. And budget is a key consideration when choosing a roll-off. Areas with a lot of roll-offs available typically have lower prices. High-growth areas may be more likely to have high demand and high cost. Partnering with a reputable broker can usually help you find the best value and service options for your project.

Availability isn’t the only factor. There are also areas with higher waste fees and other pricing considerations. Again, this is where it helps to work with someone who knows the market.

When you see a rental quote with “flat pricing,” make sure you ask what fees are included. You might think you’re getting a great deal, only to find out there were hundreds of dollars in “extra” fees tacked on the final bill. What kind of fees? Weight limit fees, time limit fees, or fees for certain types of debris (usually heavy construction items), just to name a few.

By the same token, don’t think you can bypass paying for weight overages or other required fees. Pay close attention to what’s included in your rental contract. Overloading your dumpster or trying to throw out tires, batteries or hazardous materials will no doubt raise your bill. Have questions about what’s included in a “flat” quote? Find out before you rent.

Extra considerations

Before you book your roll-off dumpster rental, it pays to keep a few last things in mind. First, most areas have restrictions on dumping things like yard waste, flammable materials, and it’s almost universally true that you can’t dump mattresses without incurring extra fees.

Check with your rental company or broker before you commit. Otherwise, you could end up with unexpected fees.

Next, check on any local permits and parking regulations at your site. The last thing you want is a bill from the city because you don’t have the right permit for your dumpster. This is especially true if you might block a public access way.

Finally, make sure you set a pick-up date that gives you enough time to complete the job. When you don’t plan your timeline, you either end up with a dumpster sitting on your site too long or you pay additional fees for having to extend your time.

When planning a construction job, you’ll coordinate more than just your dumpsters. Site services like portable toilets, temporary fencing and even portable storage units and office trailers can all make your site run more efficiently.

Many site managers struggle with multiple vendors for each service. At ZTERS, we can bundle your site services and coordinate delivery and servicing of more than just your dumpsters. Give us a call and talk with one of our dedicated account managers to get a free quote on roll-offs and more.

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Is temporary fencing right for your project?

Purchasing and storing fencing for construction sites and events can be costly. It also requires transport and storage logistics. For many construction companies and event managers, the project won’t have a line item in the budget for purchasing new fencing outright, and permanent fencing is almost never practical. That’s why so many companies turn to renting temporary fencing solutions.

Benefits of temporary fencing

Businesses and government organizations use temporary fencing as a reliable and cost-effective means for creating a short-term secured area. Whether you’re securing equipment and supplies, or you need crowd control measures, temporary fencing provides an easy solution. Many project managers rent temporary fencing for:

  • Long- and short-term construction sites
  • Demolition sites
  • Outdoor music and sporting events
  • Municipal events like fireworks displays and city celebrations
  • School events
  • Conventions
  • Weddings
  • Outdoor markets
  • Disaster relief efforts
  • Work Zones

Types of temporary fencing

There are many kinds of temporary fencing to choose from, including chain-link fencing and free-standing fence panels. Chain-link fencing can be locked and provides a longer-term solution for construction projects. Temporary fencing also has a wide variety of accessories, including privacy screens, and vehicle access gates. To improve stability, wind braces and sandbags are available to keep fencing in place. Reflective delineators can be added to improve safety.

If you’re unsure whether to purchase and store fencing your own fencing or to rent a portable fence, here are five questions to consider when making your decision.

What’s your budget?

If you have the money available in your budget, and you can store and transport fencing from site to site, then buying your temporary fencing may be a wise investment. These fences can be broken down, put in storage, and taken to the next project whenever needed. In most cases, budgets are tight and the added expense of not only buying temporary fencing but also storing and transporting it, adds to the bottom line. To see an overall profit in the company, managers have to watch potential ongoing costs like storage and replacement fees when you own your temporary fencing. Renting it instead may help keep your company in the black.

How much fencing do you require?

If your event only requires a few panels, and you know you’ll reuse it and you have a place to store it inexpensively, you may be able to purchase temporary fencing without breaking the budget. However, if you need thousands of feet of fencing, renting is probably your best option. Evaluate your site and consider what areas need to be secured. Equipment, open work areas, private sections, and mobile offices should be included in the protected regions with temporary fencing. It’s often not economically feasible to buy, store, and transport that much fencing on your own. Temporary rentals are the way to go.

How long will you need the fencing?

For events or construction projects that last six months or fewer, renting temporary fencing will likely save money. If the project is going to last longer than that, you may or may not save money by purchasing temporary fencing outright. However, you’ll be responsible for removing all the fencing when the project is finished. You’ll also have to figure out what to do with it when you no longer need it. For your specific project, compare the cost of renting temporary fencing vs. buying a fence to make the best decision.

Will you need to use it again?

Temporary fences are made of high-quality materials and are built to last. You could purchase temporary fencing if you know you’ll need it regularly. On the other hand, temporary fences can be set up, delivered, broken down, and picked up by a professional fencing company quickly and easily. If you have a standing event, you can schedule regular deliveries and pickups in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it every time. For one-off events like an event or a short-term construction or demolition project, renting temporary fencing makes the most sense, and you can order all kinds of fencing in advance.

What about quality?

Do some research. You may see low fencing prices on the internet but remember the adage: buyer beware. Cheap temporary fencing may not be very high quality, especially when it comes to plastic fencing. Flimsy, poorly constructed panels can lead to ineffective fencing. Worst-case scenario, it could blow away! To prevent this, rent from a reputable company that will ensure you get the quality fencing you need. When you order, ask the representative what types of fencing products they deliver. Ask them if they recommend accessories like sandbags for the kind of fencing you’re requesting. And if something happens with the fencing after it’s delivered, find out the company’s policy on damage and replacement. If something goes wrong, make sure they’re willing to have a new fence delivered as soon as possible.

Temporary fencing from ZTERS

ZTERS is your partner in construction and outdoor events. In addition to quality temporary fencing rentals, we also provide commercial dumpsters, portable toilets, and storage container rentals. Give us a call to speak with one of our account managers about all the ways we can make your project easier.

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Five reasons your construction project needs a storage container

Where do you find storage space for all the supplies, equipment and tools required for your project? If you’re like many construction companies, you probably rent space at a storage facility, ask subcontractors to store things (and hope you see everything again), or build a temporary shed and cross your fingers no one cuts the lock. Each of these solutions comes with a set of dangers that will cost you time and money should you have to replace anything. There is another option, though — onsite storage container rentals.

Here are five reasons why even small and mid-sized construction companies benefit from renting onsite storage containers for their construction projects:

Storage almost anywhere

Very few locations are off limits for today’s shipping and storage containers. They’re specifically designed to be transported on a standard flatbed trailer truck, and they can be shipped just about anywhere you need them. Use temporary storage containers anywhere from a downtown construction site to a country home renovation. No oversize or overweight permits are required. And once they’re filled, they can be picked up and delivered to any destination you choose. Same-day pickup service is also often available.

Containers are cost effective

When you require extra storage space, an off-site unit in a storage facility may end up costing you more money than renting a storage container. In most cases it costs less per square foot to rent an onsite storage container rather than an external site or to build a temporary shed. Also, storage containers are conveniently delivered to your site. Store all your essential documents, supplies, tools, and equipment on the site and save significant money in transport costs. You also save travel time because crew members aren’t scrambling to pick up or drop off equipment and materials.

Inventory stays secure

Weather and vandalism are two major concerns for construction companies. Most items lost due to storm damage or theft are covered by insurance, but it takes time to replace them. That can be a project killer if you have a tight deadline. Storage containers help prevent this costly loss. They’re built to last, so they keep equipment and materials as secure as an offsite storage unit. They’re also water resistant, pest resistant and able to withstand strong winds. And their windowless metal exteriors and double lock doors serve as a theft deterrent.

No assembly required

The time and cost of building an onsite storage shed quickly adds up. You can’t store materials until the structure is complete, which could take days. This adds time to your project, and it may take resources away from the project itself. These structures are also often made of wood and more susceptible to damage from vandalism and weather. In some cases, the damage from a storm or destruction may be so extensive you’ll have to build a new shed. Temporary storage containers bypass these problems. There are no construction costs, and the container is delivered to your site ready for immediate use.

Onsite convenience

Documents, supplies, equipment, and unused inventory can all be securely stored inside a storage container. There are no restrictions to what you can keep inside or when you can access the contents. This makes temporary storage containers an ideal solution no matter what type of construction project you’re managing. The contents are always available. There are no offsite storage hours to be aware of, and no rushing to pack up before an offsite storage unit closes. Also, the storage container can be transported. Use them in more than one location. After you wrap up one job, you can move a container and its contents to a new site.

ZTERS provides effective construction site solutions

ZTERS provides portable and secure storage container rentals, along with a wide range of other construction site solutions, including portable office trailers, temporary fencing, and portable toilets. Contact ZTERS today to learn how we can coordinate rental equipment for your project.

Industry Insights: Budgeting for a Roll-Off Dumpster

Budgeting for a Roll-Off Dumpster

There are a few factors that might be overlooked when determining a budget for a dumpster rental. Generally, the most important factors are the type of debris and amount. Are you throwing away cardboard, construction debris, or concrete? Obviously, the scale at the landfill is going to be friendlier with a dumpster full of cardboard, than it will be with a load of concrete. Looking at data from thousands of roll-off hauls, I identified two factors which clearly affect the tonnage and the final price. First, are you a contractor or a DIY adventurer? Second, how long do you plan on taking to finish the project? Budgeting for a Roll-Off Dumpster

First, when a homeowner pays for a dumpster for construction debris, the average dumpster weighs half a ton more than the average construction roll-off. The DIY homeowner may be more price conscious and determined to get the most value out of the dumpster as possible. It is impossible to say the exact reason but our data clearly indicates that there is a measurable difference.

Budgeting for a Roll-Off Dumpster

As seen above, the amount of time a dumpster is on site before being hauled away can play a factor in the weight of the dumpster. It could be that individuals who rent a 30-yard roll-off for 21-50 days spend more time making sure that the dumpster is packed tightly before having it hauled away. In contrast, an individual who has a dumpster on site one day only may have decided that the benefit of compacting the trash is less valuable than the need to get the waste out of the way.

Whatever the reason for the differences above, it is necessary to take into consideration your habits and behaviors when determining your needs. Are you going to make sure that every square inch of space is occupied in the dumpster or is your priority speed? In either case, Zters is here to work with you to provide a dumpster that fits your needs.

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Waste Management for Contractors: Avoiding the Transfer Station

As working contractors, we know that your time is valuable. That’s why ZTERS offers a variety of convenient products and services to help your job site run smoothly and effectively. A complete waste management plan shaves off enormous planning time and trips to the transfer station.

When you hire ZTERS to collect, transport, treat and dispose of your waste, you save time not only in the short-term scope of the project but in the long-term as well. How? When we provide waste management for contractors, we ensure you are in compliance with the garbage collection codes in your area. Our services are completely integrated, meaning that you never have to take time out of your workday to handle any complaints, schedule pickups, or pay any fees for not disposing of waste properly.

Here’s some advice for setting up a solid waste disposal plan that saves you and your crew precious time and money:

  • Create a budget. Think about how many times you drive to the transfer station to dispose of waste from your job site, and how that translates into expenses for your business. Account for your employee’s time in loading and unloading, their time in traffic, the wear and tear on your company vehicles, and how frequently you make these trips.
  • Look at rates for scheduled pickups or regular services. Garbage collection companies like ZTERS can set you up with a flexible plan that conforms to the frequency of trash disposal at your construction site. These services are often quite affordable when you consider the hidden costs of taking on garbage collection yourself.
  • Inquire about sustainability services and recycling. Simply put, creating less waste in the first place translates to a cheaper waste management bill. Most construction and demolition waste currently generated in the US is destined for landfills, whereas recyclables usually cost nothing to dispose of. In addition to being a wise economic decision for you, using green solutions to waste disposal is often attractive to prospective clients.

You are now armed with the tools to save money at your next project! Don’t forget that ZTERS is available to help provide commercial dumpsters suitable for jobs at any scale, as well as regular pickup service. Contact us today to learn more.

portable restrooms

Finding Luxury Portable Restrooms For Your Wedding

We are certainly in the midst of a trend when it comes to wedding locations. Couples increasingly opt for flexibility in searching for a venue, and they often don’t settle for the traditional “banquet-hall” experience. If you envision an outdoor wedding at a stunning parkland, a friendly gathering at a private bed and breakfast, or an intimate ceremony at your own home, you will likely need to provide portable bathrooms from a vendor like ZTERS. And, if you are planning a large gathering of 150 or more, the existing facilities may need to be supplemented just in case. Be prepared! The last thing you want to worry about on your big day is attending to the needs of your guests.

Read on for tips on what to look for when renting a luxury portable restroom for your wedding:

  • Ask a lot of questions of the person in charge of the space you hope to book. What requirements do they have for restroom use so as to not overdo their septic tanks? How many guests can they realistically receive? Are there items that cannot be flushed? Do they have available outdoor space for the restroom rentals you bring in, and do they have any objections to using certain outside vendors?
  • Calculate how many portable toilets you’ll need for your event. Portable restrooms tend to be non-gender specific, so remember that lines will form evenly for whichever facility is available. Under normal conditions, most people will use the sanitation facilities once every three to four hours. However, at a large gathering such as a wedding where increased consumption of food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages is expected, usage can increase by 30-40%. A good rule of thumb for a day-long event is to provide at least 2 restrooms at a basic level, 3 restrooms for 100 guests, 4 restrooms for parties of 150-250 or more, and 5 for events that exceed 500 guests.
  • Once you know how many portable restrooms you will need, there are many options available. With ZTERS, we provide a variety of portable toilet rentals – and not just your typical porta potties. Luxury portable restrooms have been a perfect solution to the very issues we outlined above because they really do look and feel exactly like a built facility. For your wedding, individual restrooms can be provided with the addition of hand sanitizers, garbage cans, or hand wash stations. Additionally, our luxury options include models with multiple stalls, flushing toilets, vanities, and sinks for added comfort. ZTERS provides incredibly clean and professional service no matter what type of restroom you prefer.

Congratulations on your wedding! We hope this blog has helped you in your planning process. We cater to the unique needs of every individual customer, and we know that these details matter. A quick call to ZTERS can take care of this step of your planning process today so that you can rest assured knowing that everyone can focus on what truly matters – you and your spouse’s upcoming celebration.