PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland city leaders are looking to tackle the issue of human waste pollution in the metro area by deploying more portable toilets.
The office of Mayor Ted Wheeler said officials hope to start by putting between 6 and 15 toilets in an area where residents have complained most about the problem.
Setting up portable toilets in places like parks and areas frequented by the homeless would come at an estimated cost of nearly $1 million.
The mayor’s office said Wednesday that it will start taking bids from providers to launch the pilot program.
An early mock-up from one provider showed portable toilets wrapped in recognizable designs, including the colors of the PDX carpet and Trail Blazers.
Eileen Park, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, said the colorful wraps won’t necessarily be part of the final pilot program as the city will consider several bids.
Many residents expressed support for the program — with one condition.
“If they can make them work and maintain them, I think it’s a great idea,” said former Portland resident Rusty Simms.
But while the idea of portable toilets for the transient population is being met with approval, not everyone is on board with the proposed designs.
“The hard-working, tax-paying citizens and business owners in Portland who roll up their sleeves every day and go to work deserve better than to see their tax dollars spent on a handful of portable toilets wrapped in local, friendly patterns,” said Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner.