Recreational vehicles, commonly known as RVs, have become increasingly popular as people embrace the freedom and adventure of life on the road. However, with this lifestyle comes the responsibility of properly disposing of RV waste. Waspy’s has RV waste stations at both their Audubon and Templeton locations to assist RV owners.
What is RV waste?
RV waste can include both grey and black water, and failing to dispose of it properly can lead to environmental damage and health risks.
RV waste is the water and waste produced by an RV’s kitchen, bathroom, and toilet systems. It’s divided into two categories: gray water and black water.
- Gray water is the wastewater that comes from sinks, showers, and washing machines.
- Black water, on the other hand, is the wastewater that comes from the RV’s toilet system.
Both gray and black water can contain bacteria, viruses, and other harmful substances that can pose health risks if not disposed of properly.
Not dumping RV waste can cause health hazards
Dumping an RV’s waste tanks isn’t a task many enjoy, but it is necessary. The longer you let it sit, the more it can accumulate and become a health hazard. The smell alone can be unbearable, and bacteria and viruses can grow and spread.
In addition, dumping waste inappropriately can cause environmental damage. For example, if you dump your waste near a body of water, it can contaminate the water and harm aquatic life.
Tips to properly dispose of RV waste
- Use designated dumping stations: Places like Waspy’s have designated RV dump stations. These stations are equipped with hoses, drains, and other equipment to make the process quick and easy.
- Use the right hoses and connectors: Make sure you have the right hoses and connectors to safely and effectively dump your RV waste. Using the wrong equipment can lead to spills and leaks, which can be dangerous and harmful to the environment.
- Dump your tanks regularly: To avoid buildup and odors, it’s important to dump your tanks regularly. The frequency will depend on how often you use your RV and how many people are using it. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to dump your tanks every 3-4 days.
- Use chemicals and cleaners: To keep your tanks clean and free of bacteria and odors, use chemicals and cleaners designed for RV waste. These products can help break down waste and prevent buildup, making the dumping process easier and more efficient.
- Be mindful of the environment: When dumping your RV waste, be mindful of the environment and the people around you. Avoid dumping near bodies of water or in areas where people are camping or hiking. Use designated dumping stations whenever possible, and always follow local regulations and guidelines.
Steps for emptying RV waste at Waspy’s
- Pull up to the potable water station to reduce the risk of contaminating the freshwater hose.
- Empty the black water tank before the gray water tank. That way the “soapy water” from your gray tank can help clean residue from the hose.
- After emptying the holding tanks, wipe down the surface and clean your hands.
- Put gloves in the trash after using them.
- Once you’ve finished emptying your RV tanks, come inside and reward yourself with a treat from our convenience store. We offer an array of beverages and snacks.
Properly disposing of RV waste is an important part of the RV lifestyle. By following these tips, you can help keep your RV clean and safe while also protecting the environment and those around you. Remember, it’s always better to be safe and responsible when it comes to RV waste disposal.
This post was written by Waspy's Truck Stop