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Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?
We've had a PP on one boat for 21 years and a proper head/holding tank on the bigger boat for the past 17 years. If you don't need the holding capacity, the PP is fine, although the guys need to get closer to control the splatter, as another poster has said.
Emptying the PP if it has a swing spout and vent button like our Thetford is a simple matter. Emptying a holding tank, on the other hand, is typically much less convenient. Since the PP is fairly effective on odor control and aesthetics (hiding the mess), I see no reason for a bucket or similar primitive methods unless you are a real cheapskate.
I suppose there are environmental types who might object to the chemicals, but if your PP waste ends up in a municipal sewage system, it's hard to imagine any measurable harm to the environment.