Porta Potty Rental Companies to Conform with Illinois Lawmakers' Provisions on Waste Disposal

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Customers seeking portable toilet rentals in Illinois, can rest assured that vendors listed on mesawasteservices.com are certified to haul and dispose waste legally. Handling waste from porta potties now requires licensing under the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act.

An amendment to the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act has cleared both Houses of the Illinois 95th General Assembly. Under the Act, licenses to pump, haul and dispose of waste from portable toilets were previously issued to individuals. The new provision shifts the licensing and qualification requirements to portable sanitation companies. Employees who maintain "portable toilets and portable, potable handwashing units" will be issued a Portable Sanitation Technician Certificate of Registration after completing a Certification Program as established by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In addition to pumping, hauling and disposing of waste, Technicians will also be certified in cleaning, sanitizing, and maintaining the units. Compliance with the new law will be required within six months of its enactment.

One wonders if six months will prove to be enough time in which to implement such a large change to the current system. The Health Department will need to develop guidelines for both the Technician Certification Program and Licensing requirements for portable toilet companies. Once developed, the Department will need to quickly disseminate the information. Many companies will then be scrambling to produce documentation that meets the qualification requirements, such as safety manuals, spill clean-up procedures, etc.

A newly launched web site, mesawasteservices.com, may prove to be useful during this critical transition period. The site's primary function is to serve as an advertising portal for the portable sanitation industry, providing the customer with a simple process for receiving quotes from multiple companies. However, the web designers have built into the site the ability to post information and provide links on a state-by-state basis. A link to the Health Department's web site, for example, would substantially increase its ability to get the word out quickly to porta potty companies throughout Illinois. Another feature of the site is a simple check box area on each info page where the customer can quickly see a company's certification status and established programs. This could prove to be a timely web site launch, indeed.

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