Private Porto Rentals


Please read through this page fully and make sure you understand the process before contacting staff about rentals.

Who can rent a private porto potty unit?

Private porto rentals will be made available ONLY to approved fully themed tribes placed within the walls of Wasteland City.  

Approved Theme Zone tribes placed outside the City gates and all other tribes/groups/individuals camping outside the Theme Zone will, unfortunately, not have the option to rent a private unit this year.

Our tribe was approved for Theme Zone.  How do we know if we are inside or outside the City?

Here is an image from last year’s map showing the theme zone vs. the City. If you’re in the City, your tribe’s point of contact should be contacted by our tribe coordinator about private porto rentals.


How many units can a City-placed tribe rent?

The number of units your approved City tribe will be able to rent will be indicated in the porto rental info email sent to the tribe contact from their Theme Zone application. Most tribes will only be able to rent one unit.  A few exceptions will be made for City tribes with unusually large numbers.

Where will the private units be placed?

Private banks will be placed in separate groups from public units.  This is to make servicing easier for our techs, and also to help reduce frustration for attendees looking for an unlocked unit.  Public units will be in their own large, very visible and accessible groups. Private units are NOT guaranteed to be placed right next to your camp.

Can tribes move a unit to their camp space?

No.  All portos must remain in the porto banks where they were installed.  This is for several reasons.  The units are installed in a way to maximize stability in gusts of wind.  Moving them undoes this and makes them very likely to fall over.  Moving them tends to damage the underside of the units, and can lead to tipping and spills. Also, the porto techs don’t have time to hunt down a bunch of single units in random, unmarked locations for cleaning and restocking.

We’ll just move our unit to our camp space.  No one will know.

We will know.  Anyone caught moving any porto unit will receive severe repercussions, including (but not limited to) non-reimbursed forfeit of their unit, negative consequences on future Theme Zone applications and Volunteer opportunities, and possibly immediate expulsion from the event.  Don’t.

How do we rent a private porto?

An email with information will be sent to the tribe contact for approved Theme Zone tribes placed inside the City.  That email will include the number of units available to rent, and more information.

Do we still do the tribe sign and key stuff like previous years?

Yes.  That process will be the same.  Details about the sign requirements, sign placement, lock, and service key handoff will all be in an email sent to the City tribe contact.

We have friends camped outside the City that want to be able to use our private unit.  Is that okay?

Totally okay.  Who you give copies of your porto key to is your business.  Just remember that the person placing the rental order is responsible for the condition of the unit, so overloading your rental with 45 of your closest friends is not going to end well for you.  Plan your kindness accordingly.

But we really want our own unit. We’ll just bring a lock and put it on a public unit.  No one will know.

We will know.  Since private and public porto groups will be separated, there will be no such thing as secret locks.  

If we find a lock on a public unit, it will be cut.  If we catch someone locking or using a locked public unit, they will be immediately removed from the event. (Same goes for anyone removing a lock from a private unit that is not theirs).

But we need more than the number of units offered to our tribe contact.

Unfortunately, we have a hard limit on stock and space to offer for rental.  There will be a large number of public units available within a short walk of your location for your tribemembers to use in addition to the unit(s) you’ve rented.  We’ve increased the number of public units for this year, and all units will be serviced more often, which should improve availability and “freshness.”

We want six units, so we’ll just have six tribemembers rent one unit each.  HAH.

The process to rent a unit will only be given to the tribe contact for approved Theme Zone tribes in the City.  One order per tribe. Unauthorized attempts to order a private rental will be obvious on our end and noted.   Clear attempts to abuse the ordering process will have consequences.

We’ll just have another company rent to us and have them deliver onsite. 

The only sanitation company authorized to bring a portapotty unit onsite is the one we’ve contracted to provide all units for the event.  This is for very specific liability, permitting, and insurance purposes.  Our contracted sanitation vendor will not create any separate contacts for our event location, and they enjoy telling us who tried.

Any other sanitation company trying to enter the event will be turned away, but not before we learn who placed the order.  Most other porto companies will have had their stock sub-let to ours to cover our overall unit counts , so finding one would probably be tough anyway.

Wow.  This all seems really harsh.  I don’t like this at all.

Most other events don’t even give you the option of renting private toilets. This program has had to be modified over the years due to abuse by some people and it has taken an inordinate amount of staff time. Be glad the program still exists at this point.

We really wanted a private porto, but we didn’t put in a Theme Zone application this year.

Private porto rentals are very limited for a number of reasons. We felt the right way to dole out this limited resource was to reward those tribes that truly went the extra mile bringing higher-level entertainment, activities, and theming to Wasteland Weekend.  Renting a private unit is very much a privilege.  As long as it goes well each year, we hope we can offer this privilege to the tribes that bring extra effort to the event for years to come.

Spend some time upping your tribe’s game this year, and apply for a Wasteland City spot next year!  Rewards come to those who put in time making Wasteland the incredible space it is every year.