More than 800 ‘Thunder Pots’ ready for the crowds


You see some of the more glamorous aspects of Thunder Over Louisville, but with thousands of people in the same spot for hours, there’s something else to consider. Something we all expect to be there when we need them most — toilets.

Months of planning and a week of setting the portable toilets up, Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been in charge of this dirty duty for 19 years. It’s safe to say they have it down pat, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any backup.

“This morning we had really strong winds that actually knocked over 100 of these toilets,” spokeswoman Hillary Ladig said.

The stoppage didn’t clog up operations for long. The teal towers are right on schedule.

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There are a total of 800 toilets with enough toilet paper to stretch from here to Indianapolis and back. Rumpke also delivered 40 sinks.

They’ll have teams in the area to make sure each toilet is stocked with toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

“An event of this size you’re going to see a whole lot of things,” Ladig said.

From cell phones, wallets and keys, to items of clothing, the Rumpke team has seen it all at the bottom. But by far the weirdest thing they encounter — people passed out in the toilets. Maybe not the best place to take a quick nap, since the team has to get these toilets out fast.

“We have a week to deliver them and only a couple of hours to remove them,” Ladig said.

They empty out the units on site and take them back to base for a thorough cleaning.

A lot of hours in the can that tend to take a backseat to the show.

“We really take a lot of pride in doing a good job and making sure participants have a place to go when nature calls,” Ladig said.

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