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dispenser within the toilet cubicle, which provides the opportunity for women to dispense products hygienically, for free and in private. Housed in a discrete, compact unit, typically located alongside the toilet roll holder, female washroom users who cannot afford them or who have simply been caught unaware are provided with easy and free access to sanitary products.


With nearly half of young women aged 14-21 feeling embarrassed by their periods, offering complimentary sanitary products in the privacy of the washroom cubicle can help ease any potential anxiety. What’s more, these facilities can be re-stocked along with all other standard washroom provisions (such as soap and toilet paper), thereby integrating sanitary products into a standard cycle of regular washroom servicing and maintenance.


Discrete and hygienic


Attention should also be given to providing a discrete and hygienic disposal service. Providing all female washroom cubicles with sanitary disposal units is a fundamental consideration for the maintenance of a clean and pleasant washroom environment. Feminine hygiene units are available in a range of colours and styles, including manual, pedal, and automatic, and have been designed to sit conveniently beside the toilet.


To enhance washroom facilities further, Initial’s feminine hygiene units contain a unique insert, called ‘Biofresh.’ This offers exceptional control of any bad odours, as well as containing an anti-microbial solution, insect repellent and a pleasant citrus fragrance.


Providing washroom cubicles designed to offer visitors maximum comfort also helps to encourage proper waste disposal. Units with automatic or no-touch capabilities helps to make used sanitary product disposal quick and simple, ensuring users are encouraged to dispose of waste in the most ecological way possible, rather than simply flushing bulky and potentially harmful waste down the toilet.


Disposal


It’s essential that collected waste can be disposed of both efficiently and sustainably. Sanitary items are one of the main culprits of toilet blockages. Despite popular belief,


tampons are in fact not easily biodegradable and are a significant cause of waste pipes getting clogged up. If no disposal units are available, washroom users may feel they have no choice but to flush sanitary products down the toilet, which can cause both environmental damage and blockages. Some women may even feel compelled to take sanitary waste away with them, in order to find an appropriate waste disposal unit. Both these factors can contribute toward a negative washroom experience for women and exacerbate feelings that their specific needs are not being catered for.


By employing a feminine hygiene waste disposal service, businesses can help to dispose of sanitary waste in a secure, sensitive and environmentally friendly way. This is not only important for the wellbeing of employees or other washroom users, but helps to ensure waste is being disposed of in line with national health and safety legislation. It is also important to check that the approach you choose is fully compliant with UK regulations, including The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1992), The Water Industries Act (1991), and the Environmental Protection Act (1990).


Having washroom waste regularly collected, treated and properly disposed of by a third-party helps to ensure that a constantly high level of hygiene is maintained within your washroom. Initial’s sanitary waste bins disposal service provides full waste transfer documentation, offering you peace of mind that you are adhering to the strict regulations in place and ensures that you are providing a professional service for your female washroom visitors.


It is a moral obligation to provide women with a dignified washroom experience. Providing complimentary sanitary products takes care of one basic need that many girls and women have, and installing a compact and discrete dispenser, located inside the cubicle itself helps preserve dignity and privacy.


No school or work days should be missed because of a lack of sanitary protection, so it’s important for all facilities managers and employers to ensure they have the services in place to tackle this problem head on.


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