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Todd Dills

Urine disposal, or ‘P bottle’ redux

| June 19, 2009
Trucker Fernando Rimando puts a cap on an ongoing back-and-forth on the Truckers News letters page we noted in this post from March, about proper disposal of bottles of urine at truckstops. Rimando’s e-mail to the office spells his process out in detail, and came with this quite illustrative picture.

I read a lot of articles regarding pee bottles, and while all of them are against it I never read anything giving a solution to the problem. I don’t condone the acts of indescretion, like leaving them at truckstops, on ramps, in trash cans or anywhere the culprits parked. I am one of the drivers using pee bottles because I am too lazy to get out of the bunk, put my clothes and shoes on and walk outside just to take a pee. Attached is a picture of an empty orange juice bottle (59-oz. size), an empty Ensure bottle and a bag to fit both bottles. It takes a full 10-11 hours in the bunk for me to fill the orange bottle. The ensure bottle is where I put about 1/2 oz. of Clorox and fill it with water. I make it a point to empty the bottle in the rest room when my co-driver and I switch driving. After I empty the bottle I pour about 1 oz of the clorox/water mix in it and rinse it out. This way the stench is eliminated. The bottle is then ready to be re-used. I also have a bottle of hand sanitizer in the bunk to clean my hands after I relieve myself. Hopefully this will help solve the plaguing problem of pee bottles. –Fernando Rimando strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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