Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight January 6, 2021

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ASSOCIATIONINSIGHT Portable Sanitation Association International News BIWEEKLY EDITION JANUARY 6, 2021 Page 24 Court Orders Back Tax Payment Just before Christmas, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Charlie Gott, owner of Gott's To Go!, owes the state more than $57,000 in sales tax that he failed to collect on portable toilet rentals between 2012 and 2017. Gott and his attorney argued unsuccessfully that the toilets were a means to provide the tax-exempt service of waste disposal. Read more about the case in the December 9, 2020 Association Insight. Read the court decision here. Note: The PSAI is committed to bringing industry news to its members. It creates original content and aggregates news from other sources. Unless otherwise stated in organizational documents or in Association Insight newsletters, the PSAI does not have or take a position on the content of news items from other sources. Seeking the Truly Flushable Wipe Thanks to an EPA grant, scientists at the University of Toledo are working to create "Wet Wipes That Turn into Toilet Paper When Flushed." Traditional wipes may be labeled as "flushable" but can actually clump and clog sewer systems and portable toilets. The Toledo team hopes to strengthen wet toilet paper with bio-based polymers and soap that will work in dry environments but disassemble when exposed to excess water upon flushing. If successful, the team may be able to secure more grant money to implement the technology. Read the full story here. Incident at Lava Beds Monument An unexpected sight greeted visitors and rangers at Lava Beds National Monument in California a couple weeks ago. A gust of wind upended a portable toilet and sent it into a lava trench next to a cave. The effort to extract the unit (along with some ribbing about the situation) was posted on the Monument's Facebook page. Fortunately the unit was hoisted to safety without any spillage, injury, or loss of dignity. Read the full story here.

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