A safe and hygienic disposal method for sanitary napkins and tampons is a necessity in the restroom. Approximately 1.9 billion people, who are one-quarter of the world population, are women of reproductive age that menstruate. When women visit businesses and go to work, they deserve to have these needs accommodated, and doing so is in everyone’s best interest.
Unfortunately, sometimes these are the only available disposal options women have:
- A small wall-mounted bin
- The product is wrapped in toilet paper and throw when a trash bin is found
- Products are flushed down the toilet
None of these options are ideal for your business or the people within it. The wall-mounted bin may seem perfectly fine, but the convenience comes at a price. A study was conducted to determine the presence of microorganisms and the results found that 100% of bins were positive for bacteria and/or mold. These bins are hard to thoroughly clean and often the most contaminated item in the bathroom, seriously exposing users and cleaning staff to bloodborne pathogens like Hepatitis, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and C. diff.
Soiled bins are one of the most common complaints facilities face regarding their bathrooms. As a result, most individuals avoid using the wall-mounted sanitary bins and are often skeptical of touching other restroom surfaces. The result? Users get creative:
- 64% use feet instead of hands to flush toilets
- 60% open the door handle with toilet paper in hand
- 48% use their backsides to shut doors
- 39% use elbows instead of hands whenever possible
When left without a disposal option, some users will wrap the pad or tampon in layers of toilet paper and seek out a proper trashcan. If they don’t find a place to dispose of, they will leave pads and tampons on the floor or on other inappropriate places. This is inconvenient for them, bad for business, and a waste of toilet paper. However, 77% of women view their period as a nuisance according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and will likely just flush the products instead of making the effort to throw them away elsewhere. About two-thirds clogs contain sanitary waste and can cost anywhere from $185-500 to fix. This can be higher if the toilet needs to be removed to do so.
The solution is a touch-free sanitary disposal unit. A survey of American women found that 98% would prefer an accommodation like this placed next to the toilet and 100% of women who say they use other bins would be happy to use the sanitary disposal unit. Our units come as foot-pedal operated or motion-activated and include ActiWipe, an agent that treats the waste and prevents odor from occurring. When the sanitary disposal unit is ready to be emptied, we dispose of everything responsibly by sending the waste to Covanta, an energy-from-waste facility, instead of leaving it in a landfill. Consider upgrading your restrooms today!