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10 reasons to choose a portable toilet block over a single toilet

Author: Ian Cole

21 October 2020

Over the past 27 years we have been active here at Davlav, we have been working hard to make our name synonymous with standalone portable chemical toilets. In recent years however we have seen the emergence in demand for a full portable toilet block. We can see why, with them offering many benefits that a standalone portable toilet cannot.


A standalone portable chemical toilet is your classic portable toilet with standard chemical waste flush system and a hand washing station.  A modular portable toilet block works as fully functioning bathrooms with them coming in a self-contained unit. They can contain recirculating toilets, sinks, urinals and showers; they are connectable to mains with hot water, lighting and heating.


Whether you are running a worksite (construction, development and engineering industry, including: railway, telecom and utility companies and security contractors), outdoor event or any business needing toilet facilities. it is good to know the options you have and the benefits to these when deciding what is right for you. There are of course both positive and negatives to each of these. I thought I would take this opportunity to run through the advantages of these portable toilet blocks. So here are 10 reasons why they may be the future of this industry.


  1. Environmentally Friendly

    With the current climate crisis, we’ve all got to do our bit to help the planet where we can. A portable toilet block is a great way of doing this. Davlavs eco portable toilet blocks are environmentally friendly with energy saving electrics, double glazing and improved insulation. They have the potential energy saving total of up to 73%. They are made from reusable materials such as Steelclad. One of the most recyclable materials at 88% rather than plastic at 9%. The blocks also have a longer shelf life with them lasting longer meaning they won’t need to be constantly created.  They require less deliveries and do not need a weekly service. This means less pollution due to the reduced travel times.


  1. Reduced Running Cost

    We are all looking to save money where we can. Although a portable toilet block may be a more expensive option than a standalone portable toilet, they have reduced running costs. This plays in with the environmentally friendly factor. As it is the same reasons that keep the costs low that keep them eco-friendly. That being; the energy saving electrics, double glazed windows and the improved insulation. All of which add to long term savings.


  1. Cleanliness & Hygiene

    Cleanliness & Hygiene should always be a top priority especially when talking about toilets. Single portable toilets offer a high level of this (with weekly services included). However the toilet blocks are a step above. They are connected to a main water supply meaning flushing couldn’t be easier. With waste being disposed of immediately keeping them clean and minimising odours.

    They also help with hand washing. Warm water is provided from a proper built in sink proving to be a nicer experience for the user. This means they are more likely to make sure their hands are washed thoroughly. The cleaning of these also couldn’t be any easier. Included are; anti-slip vinyl flooring and ceramic toilet bowls meaning they can be simply bleached and wiped down. They are much harder to be accessed by a general member of the public. This adds to them keeping cleaner as they will have less use.


  1. Comfort

    Maybe quite an obvious point but comfort levels on toilet blocks are much higher than that of the single toilets. Single toilets only offer a plastic seat. It is a much more pleasurable experience all round being well lit with temperature control. Not letting the user get too hot or too cold. Which can sometime be the case with single portable units in certain seasons. They are bigger and more ventilated meaning it will be much easier to get rid of any potential smells. Comfort and the toilet experience are an important factor to consider. It will lead to customer and staff satisfaction. This can in turn lead to repeat custom and a more efficient workforce.


  1. Legal Working Environment

    The legal landscape on what working conditions are adequate on sites is ever changing. Who knows where it will end up in the future. As mentioned, the toilet blocks offer more comfort and hygiene. Work place laws could make this level of comfort the standard.

  2. Protection

    The portable toilet blocks offer a lot more safety and protection as you do not need to worry about coming into work and seeing one tipped on its side or gone completely. The steel blocks are vandal resistant meaning any vandals or thief will struggle to move or damage the units and will not even be able to enter them without the key.


  1. Longevity

    They will ultimately last longer than a single portable toilet meaning they are great if needed for an extended period of time or even permanent use. The longevity is due to them being extremely durable and as previously mentioned they offer more protection.


  1. Just as portable

    A factor which could perhaps turn people off the idea of a block rather than a single toilet would be the thinking that they are not as portable and perhaps difficult to set up. This however is not the case; they are easily delivered the same way on the back of a truck with a quick set up time, ready for use almost immediately.


  1. Variety

    As the toilet blocks are not just toilets but offer sinks and urinals too it means they can come in a variety of ranges with a degree of customisation and option. They are available in a range of specifications and building types and can be provided with separate compartments to isolate male and female use


  1. Not just a toilet

    Due to their versatility the toilet blocks are do not simply have to be just toilets they can come with shower compartments to provide an efficient and hygienic area for on-site showering. They can also be placed with our mobile offices, canteens and welfare units having everything you possibly need on site together.


It is clear that the portable toilet blocks offer many advantages that a portable single chemical toilet cannot. This is not however to say there isn’t a place and a time for them as there are still many instances where you would choose one.

If you are considering either option be sure to check out our full range:

Toilet Block

Single Portable toilets