Did you know that the world has one of the Founding Fathers of the USA to thank for modern disposable sanitary pads? The idea of developing ultra-absorbent pads can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin, who developed such pads to be placed on soldier's injuries back in the 1700s. It wasn't until 1888 that these absorbent pads were commercially sold as sanitary products though. These original sanitary pads were decidedly more bulky than the multitude of ultra-thin products that are available nowadays. But no matter how thin contemporary pads can be, this doesn't really change the need for proper disposal. As thin as a pad might be, it certainly cannot be flushed down the toilet! Sanitary bins are a necessity for any workplace restroom, and this can even be true if you operate a small business with no female employees.
There is the possibility of having a female client or customer visit your workplace, and even if your sanitary bin facilities are infrequently utilised, it's important to provide them. So what's the best way to provide sanitary bin facilities for your small business when they will only be used infrequently?
A Cost-Effective Option
Your restroom will contain a bin, even if its intended use is for paper towels. This is not an ideal container for used sanitary pads, but it can be used if certain provisions are met. So what are these provisions? The toilet cubicle should be equipped with a supply of sanitary bags. You might have seen these bags in airplane toilets. They are made of durable plastic and generally have an added scent to give them deodorising capabilities. A sanitary pad can be sealed inside the bag and then disposed of in the standard restroom bin. This is a cost-effective option, since a roll of sanitary bags will last a very long time indeed with infrequent use. Theoretically, the paper towels that might comprise the bulk of the bin's contents can still be recycled, but only when the sealed sanitary bags have been removed and disposed of separately.
A Dedicated Bin
For anything beyond the most infrequent of use, a dedicated sanitary bin is wise (and courteous). You don't need to arrange an actual sanitary bin service (wherein the bin is collected and replaced by a specialist company), but a dedicated bin will be useful. It can simply be a standard bin with a flip lid, but a spouted lid is more appropriate. The lid is lifted, revealing a spout into which the used sanitary pad can be placed. The contents of the bin are never revealed. You (or your cleaning staff) will have to regularly empty the sanitary bin, and if you're concerned that this regular need will be occasionally overlooked, you might want to invest in a safeguard. You can obtain specialist hygiene granules to place inside the sanitary bin liner. This will keep the bin deodorised if emptying the bin should even be overlooked.
Providing an effective method for the disposal of sanitary pads is a necessary thing, however infrequently it might be used. Fortunately this does not have to be difficult.Share
11 January 2017
When I started my fast food business, I completely underestimated the amount of waste that my customers would produce. On a busy Saturday night, hundreds of burger boxes and soft drink cans are throw away. The bins I had were nowhere near big enough to deal with all the waste. I would often have to spend all morning picking up trash before I could open up for business. Eventually, I hired some larger skip bins and ever since then I haven't had a problem with trash being thrown on the floor outside my business. I started this blog so I could offer advice to others about sanitation needs.