In any event or festival, it’s nice to be noticed

Your event or festival well covered by Tardis

It’s been a busy summer with an event or festival occuring almost weekly and plenty yet to come. We’re covering a large carnival in Leicestershire weekend of the 5th and a week or so ago, we were up north at an 80s festival which suited our tanker captain down to the ground because that’s his favourite music.

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Servicing the facilities at the 80s fest

For us this was a toilet and service event which went smoothly.

If we’re lucky (and we Brits are eternal optimists), we’ve another couple of months of summer weather left to make the festival season really special.

80s fest toilets

80s fest showing regular and disabled toilet facilities

We were delighted to receive this letter in the post a few days later

In any event or festival, it's nice to be noticed

A welcome letter of appreciation from the festival organisers

Glastonbury spells the end for the Tardis Toilet ?

Tardis portable toilets

The eponymous Tardis toilet

There’s been a lot in the media of late about Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival. One story which caught our attention was the decision of the organisers to stop using the traditional “tardis” loo in favour of greener and more organic sanitation.

To clarify, Tardis Environmental hasn’t broken its longstanding relationship with Glastonbury’s organisers, in fact the week before last, we were there delivering waste tanks to the site, which many of the toilets and shower units drain into.

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A lottry load of Tardis waste tanks arrives at Glastonbury

Like any responsible organiser who’s activities make an environmental impact, Glastonbury are employing methods in many of its areas of operation to minimise the environmental impact on the land where the festival takes place each year.

We’ve supplied Tardis loos for 25 years

We were amused and somewhat flattered, when even Chris Evans on the radio referred to the toilets on the site as Tardis toilets, nice to think the item on which our company was founded 25 years ago is becoming as familiar a term as something say “Hoover”.

Here come the facts…

There will still be 5000 toilets on the Glastonbury fields including more than 700 metres of urinals they’ve even got these for ladies now, we kid you not.

As you know, we’re in the business of disposing “the business” nationwide 365 days a year, so our methods are ethical and legal and well documented.

Here’s a link to how we go about it around the land, showing how it is all disposed of at authorised STWs (Sewage Treatment Works) all controlled by electronic fob ID, the waste measured graded and properly processed.

The first Glastonbury festival took place in 1970 and was headlined by T Rex (which many of our readers will be too young to remember but Keith says were great as he saw them live in 1974).

All residents in the nearby village of Pilton get a free ticket to the festival.

1987 was the year of the trouser thieves. Hundreds of pairs stolen from tents and their pockets picked by miscreants.  Next day, the site was awash with trouserless people, though later the garments were found discarded in a muddy ditch.

In 1987, 2,485 miles of toilet paper was on site which is enough to stretch from London to Baghdad, though attendees had other uses for it.

The now famous pyramid stage made its debut in 1981 and originally was constructed from telegraph poles and corrugated metal. The rest of the year, it doubled as a cow shed.

This year’s line up includes: Adele, Coldplay, Jeff Lynn’s ELO, New Order, ZZ Top who only Keith in the Tardis office knew !  Art Garfunkel and many others who he’d not heard of.

Unlike the good folk of Pilton, us Tardis bods did not get free tickets, so we’ll be watching it at home on telly with a bottle of Tizer or two.

If you’re amongst the lucky ones to be there, send us some pics.

Back to the Future with Tardis Environmental

Today is the day! In Back to the Future in which Marty McFly travelled to the future to today. With it being 30 years since the film was released, here at Tardis Environmental we decided to look back and see how things have changed.

In the last 30 years there has been many improvements from the international drinking water supply and sanitation decade also known as the first water decade, which took place between the years 1981- 1990. This was due to the worlds needs for basic sanitation services for example drinking water and waste water disposal. Fast forward to today where even here at Tardis Environmental we can supply clean and potable bulk water across the UK. Here is a picture of one of our water tankers. For more information about our bulk water tankers please go to our website by clicking here.

tardis water tanker

As well as drinking water sanitation that has improved throughout the years also, portable toilets have improved drastically over the years. From the first portable toilets being made of wood and metal and they were too heavy to transport as well as not being very hygienic. Then in the early 1970’s when fibre glass was introduced to be used for portable toilets, however due to the material the portable toilets still absorbed odours. In the mid – 1970’s polyethylene portable toilets were introduced they are light weight,durable and still the most common material for portable toilets today. The need for portable toilets is still needed for a variety of reasons from construction sites to events. Here at Tardis Environmental we have a range of portable toilets to suit your needs, click here for more information on our portable toilets.

Tardis portable toilets

What do you think will change in the next 30 years as we are excited to find out and for more information about the services we offer here at Tardis Environmental please go to our website by clicking here or calling 0800 731 0589.

 

 

Event Portable Toilets

Are you planning an event this autumn season? Need event portable toilets? Yes it may not be Summer any more, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t reasons to throw an event. May that be a Halloween themed event of even for Bonfire Night there is still plenty reason to be celebrating.

We are way into the month of October now and with Halloween only being at the end of the month as well as having Bonfire Night coming soon too. You may be planning  an Halloween event or a firework show, in which suitable event portable toilets for your event, are very important in keeping the guest happy.

Here at Tardis Environmental we provide event portable toilets for events of all sizes may that be family occasions, village fetes or larger events such as music festivals across the UK. Meaning no matter on the size of event you are planning this season there will be a solution for you.

For information on the range of our event portable toilets we offer please visit our website. However if you are still unsure we are happy to go through any queries you may have to make sure that you are fully satisfied. For example we will help you with advising on the amount of toilets you will need for your event. We also have an interactive portable toilet calculator which is another method to seeing how many event portable toilets you will need for your event. Click here to have a look at the toilet calculator.  This will help make sure that there is no queues, with keeping the amount of queuing in mind alongside portable toilets, portable urinals can also be hired in order to provide a convenient solution for male users. All of our event portable toilets are cleaned and washed before every hire, meaning they will be clean and presentable for your event.

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For further assistance contact our hire desk team on the usual phone number 0800 731 0589 or go to our website.

Introducing the Tardis Toilet Calculator

Ok so maybe a bit over the top but we’re excited to share our new interactive toilet calculator with our readers. It’s already proving to be very helpful.

Here at Tardis Environmental we understand it can be a stressful task organising an event or festival, with so many things to arrange. We are already receiving enquires about events for 2016! When organising larger events with a high attendance expected it can become even more confusing.

We are always asked, ‘how many portable toilets do i need?’. In order to make organising sanitation for your event as stress free as possible, we’ve put together a guide that will answer this question for you.

There are a number of factors that can effect the number of portable toilets required, with these factors included in the new toilet calculator. An important influencing factor is the consumption of alcohol, as this will increase the usage and therefore the number of portable toilets required.

The only other information you will be asked is the maximum attendance of your event and the duration of your event (measured in hours).

We’ve also included a calculator for construction sites.

Click here to take a look and let us know your thoughts.

For further assistance contact our hire desk team on the usual phone number 0800 731 0589.

Don’t forget, we can offer the complete event sanitation service from portable toilet hire, water bowsers and waste tank hire.

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Portable Toilet Troubleshooting Guide

Very occasionally, a few problems occur when using portable toilets. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you get them back up and running as soon as possible.

Safety Warning

When you open the toilet unit, you are working in an unsanitary environment. Please ensure you wear appropriate PPE before engaging in even the most minor maintenance operations.

Common problems encountered with portable toilets and how to troubleshoot them.

If the toilet won’t flush properly, lift the lid on the waste tank.

You will see a 1″ pipe with a plastic mesh bag hanging from the gusher pump. It is fastened to the pipe by a jubilee clip.

Occasionally, the pipe assembly will become loose. Affix this by pushing the pipe and the bag on the underside of the pump.

If the pipe is still fixed in place, check for splits. If a split is discovered a new pipe and mesh bag will have to be ordered/supplied.

Portable Toilet Troubleshooting

Less common – If the pipe and bag are in good working order, check below the gusher pump for the condition of the black circular tubular diaphragm. If this is damaged, a Tardis engineer will be required to repair it.

Less commonly, with heavy use, two other issues occur. The toilet paper can cause the filter to become blocked. One sign of this is the flush handle becoming stiff to operate. If this happens, you will need to call a Tardis engineer to repair the problem.

If the flush handle has been operated aggressively, the mechanism may snap. The flush handle will move around with no resistance and the flush will not operate. In this instance, you will also require an engineer to repair it.

Very occasionally, the nozzle shown below can become blocked. The best solution if this happen, is to clear it with a jet lance.

Portable Toilet Troubleshooting

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Out and about with Tardis…

Jon, one of our stalwart tanker drivers has been busy with his camera – he gets all the best locations!

Last weekend, Saturday 1st August, was the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. We delivered a mixture of portable toilets and urinals to the event.

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 1

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 2

Jon took some cracking pictures, though he wasn’t involved in the carnival action (he’s put away his Carmen Miranda outfit until next year), he has a job to do after all.

Last week he was despatched to Edgbaston Cricket Ground in the shiny new MAN Euro 6 tanker with 2500 gallon waste capacity and 1000 gallon clean water capacity. (See the blog we posted last week!)

Edgbaston cricket ground

Edgbaston welfare servicing

He cleaned up with the welfare cabin servicing whilst England were busy cleaning up against Australia.

Keep the photos coming Jon!

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Hiring a portable toilet – what do I need to know?

Here at Tardis Environmental, we like to make everything as simple as possible for our clients.

In this post, we have answered a number of important questions which should be considered when hiring a portable toilet, portable disabled toilet, portable shower or portable urinal unit.

Is there adequate access for delivery of the units?
When hiring a portable toilet or other units from the range we offer, the delivery vehicle will depend on the quantity ordered, delivered using a 3.5 ton, 7.5 ton or 7.5 ton vehicle with trailer.

Hiring a Portable Toilet

Portable Toilets going out for delivery

Where will I site the unit/units?
When hiring a portable toilet, the unit will need to be sited where our drivers can easily drop off and collect.

If there is a wall or other obstacle in the way, then a crane-mounted lorry may be required for delivery and collection. Please inform us if this is the case at the time of ordering.

Do I need water, electric and foul waste connection?
Tardis cold wash portable toilets do not need any connections, but may require servicing if on hire for a long period of time or have numerous users.

Tardis hot wash portable toilets require a 240v 16amp connection to an electricity source.

Tardis portable shower units also require a water source and run off for the waste, as well as a 240v 32amp electricity supply.

Additional services?
Tardis cold wash portable toilets are self-contained requiring no additional plumbing or connections. Portable showers and hot wash portable toilets do however require a connection to external services.

We can supply a fully qualified Tardis plumber or electrician to complete the necessary connections. Please talk to the hire desk at the time of booking for more details.

Are the units going to be safe?
We recommend that units are delivered and sited in a location where they are less likely to be stolen or vandalised.

Please be aware, that whilst our units are on hire to you, you are fully responsible for any damage that may occur.

How many portable toilets do I need for my event?
It is important to consider the number of toilets you will require in ratio to the number of people attending your event.

If you are unsure of the numbers, our hire desk are here to help, with experience in both small and large events, we can advise the unit quantities most suitable to your event.

What will be supplied with the toilet?
The portable toilets will be delivered with toilet roll and hand sanitizer, unless sink fitted and we will also supply paper towels.

Once the initial supplies run out, it is your responsibility to replenish consumables unless you have requested us to replenish consumables.

When will we collect the toilets?
We will try to collect the units as soon as possible after the hire period has finished. Please allow up to 5 working days for collection. During this tine, the units are still the responsibility of the customer.

Important questions when hiring a portable toilet

We hope to have answered any questions you may have about hiring a portable toilet.

If there is anything we have missed out, contact our hire desk team who are here to help.

View our range of portable toilets, portable showers and portable urinals online at www.tardishire.co.uk

 

Summers calling – Tardis Hire at the ready!

With summer upon us, this means a busy time of year here at Tardis Hire, with the festivals and events season now well underway.   

Last week you may have read our article on Tardis Hire going to Glastonbury, we recently delivered 45 waste tanks to the site ready for the festival. Whether a small local event or larger festivals across the UK, we’re more than happy to help with events of all sizes.

From portable toilets to bulk bottled water, we’ve got it covered!

There’s more to consider about portable toilets than you might think, and almost a necessity at any outdoor event. It is essential to pick the right toilet for the job. If you are unsure of the right number of portable toilets required at the event, we can work it out in relation to the number of people at who will need facilities at your event. We will even take into account the alcohol that will no doubt be consumed!

Clean Portable Toilets

Portable Toilets

Want to cut the queues at the loos? Portable urinals are also available for the male festivalgoers out there with 4 and 6 bay urinal units, an ideal space and time saving fix at larger events.

For more information on the range of portable toilets we offer, visit our website.

Keeping your customers hydrated is also important, especially in the sun (although unlikely in Britain one might add). Another facility needed for events and festivals is therefore fresh drinking water. So if you have a stall at a festival selling bottled drinking water, we sell the wet stuff by the pallet! No matter the size of your gathering, we have the H2O needed to keep everyone happy and hydrated throughout.

If bulk bottled drinking water doesn’t take your fancy, you might be interested in our new drinking water fill station – also featured in another article a few weeks back.

Water Fill Station

Drinking Water Fill Station

This innovative little invention connects to a water supply in minutes, such as a drinking water bowser or tank that we can also supply. This will allow up to 4 people to fill up bottles or buckets at a time, leaving more time for the more fun stuff.

Any questions or for help planning your event, our friendly booking staff on the hire desk are here for your guidance! Call 0800 731 0589.

Or alternatively, to visit our website click here.

Who’s going to Glastonbury ? Tardis is !

Waste tanks for Glastonbury 

It’s a logistical nightmare to prepare a well organised festival for 175,000+ revelers, caterers and musicians alike.

We’ve been there before, got the T shirt and we’re there again this year.

A total of 45 waste tanks 600 gallon capacity some of which you can see being delivered by big yellow and green Tardis lorry.

Tardis delivers to Glastonbury 2015

Waste tanks for Glastonbury

The festival’s come a long way since 1970 when 1,500 people paid a pound a head to see T Rex. Now, it’s part of the nation’s summer events calendar.

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Another load delivered

Here’s some facts and figures from 2014.

5,000 loos on site

700 metres of male urinals

£ 210.00 the cost of a standard ticket (a bit more than seeing T Rex).

3 million litres of water will be consumed and that’s just from the taps provided. Bottled water will make the figure double.

1,300 recycling volunteers cleaning up the mess.

400 cows who live on the site normally are moved out of harm’s way for the festival duration

You’re not allowed to wee in the bushes. The organisers have patrolling officers looking for offenders.

Of course, this is where Tardis Hire and our waste tanks come in.