Porta-potties Can Be an Environmental Disaster

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800,000 pilgrims visited Toronto in 2002 to see the Pope; 7,000 portable toilets were set up to deal with the, um, problem. The companies emptying them just dumped it down the sewer, but plastic bags and raincoats caused clogs and it overflowed and flooded the basements of adjoining buildings, causing $ 15 million dollars of damage.

No doubt when the portapotties serving Washington today are emptied tonight, it will all be handled in an environmentally correct fashion and the sewers of Washington can take it....