Nationwide Sanitary Waste Removal

Our sanitary waste removal service offers discreet, hygienic, and compliant disposal solutions for businesses, ensuring the safe and respectful handling of all sanitary waste products to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Sanitary Waste Removal Services in the UK

Sanitary Waste
Recycling & Removal

Sanitary bins are not only a legal necessity for every business in the UK but also play a crucial role in maintaining hygiene and safety standards. Adhering to stringent regulations is essential for the proper disposal of such waste. Waste King provides a comprehensive suite of services, including feminine hygiene, washroom, and sanitary bin solutions, catering to businesses of all sizes throughout the UK. It’s vital to be aware of your responsibilities and set up a reliable sanitary waste disposal system with Waste King.

Our team of experts is equipped to assist you in crafting an effective sanitary waste management strategy tailored to your business’s specific needs. They are readily available to address any inquiries you may have regarding sanitary waste regulations, your legal duties, and the storage and collection of feminine hygiene waste. Reach out to us online for a complimentary consultation and discover how we can help you meet your sanitary waste disposal requirements efficiently.

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Effortless Recycling Solutions

Sanitary Waste
Collection Service

Ensure compliance with legal duty of care requirements through comprehensive sanitary waste collection and disposal services provided by Waste King, a certified waste carrier. Our offerings include sanitary bin services tailored to accommodate businesses of all sizes across the UK, effectively managing a broad spectrum of sanitary waste. This encompasses everything from feminine hygiene products to incontinence pads, nappies, and beyond.

Leverage our commercial sanitary waste disposal solutions to focus on your core business activities, secure in the knowledge that your legal responsibilities are in the hands of our seasoned experts, operating nationwide. We offer bespoke assessments of your premises, operations, and requirements to equip you with the optimal number and size of sanitary bins. Our commitment includes timely and conscientious waste collection and disposal.

Waste King’s sanitary bin services span the entire UK. Regardless of your business’s location, size, or sector, we’re equipped to tailor a waste management solution to meet your needs. Opt for flexible collection schedules that align with your business operations, including daily, weekly, or fortnightly pickups, catering to both small enterprises and large corporations.

For a hassle-free quote on sanitary waste disposal services, please contact us online. Our approachable team is ready to address any queries you may have regarding sanitary waste, your responsibilities, and our streamlined collection process, ensuring a safe and efficient service.

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Sanitary Waste Removal Services in the UK

Cost-effective and reliable Sanitary Waste removal services

At Waste King, we specialise in the discreet and efficient management of sanitary waste, ensuring it is handled as a separate fraction by professional waste collection services. This classification as “offensive waste” necessitates expert management, a service we excel in providing. Our approach offers businesses the convenience of clean, safe sanitary waste bins without the hassle. We supply these bins at no additional cost; your only expense is the collection service. Designed to blend seamlessly into your business environment, our sanitary bins are compact, ensuring they fit unobtrusively in your restrooms. Whether your establishment is small or hosting large-scale events, we have a range of sanitary disposal bins to suit every need. Discover the various sizes available and find the perfect fit for your business with Waste King.

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Transforming Sanitary Waste

Who needs
Sanitary Waste

At Waste King, we advocate that every UK business should equip each women’s restroom on their premises with a sanitary bin. This practice not only facilitates the appropriate disposal of sanitary waste but also ensures compliance with legal standards, fostering a welcoming environment for both employees and customers.

Moreover, for businesses operating small or possessing unisex/gender-neutral restrooms, the obligation to offer suitable sanitary facilities extends beyond just catering to employees. This responsibility encompasses all guests, clients, or visitors, making it essential to have sanitary waste bins readily available.

Sanitary waste management is crucial for all businesses, particularly those frequented by a large number of people, to maintain hygiene and comfort. Ensuring adequate sanitary bin services is imperative for:

  • Airports
  • Care homes
  • Hotels
  • Pubs and clubs
  • Restaurants

By doing so, you not only adhere to regulatory requirements but also demonstrate care and respect for the well-being of everyone who visits or works at your premises.

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Sanitary waste disposal

What is sanitary waste?

At Waste King, we understand the complexities surrounding sanitary waste management. Sanitary waste encompasses a broad category often referred to as “offensive/hygiene waste” due to its potential to be unpleasant in both appearance and odor. This term broadly describes any liquid or solid waste resulting from human activities and biological processes, excluding materials known to carry infectious agents. 

Commonly, this includes used menstrual products, highlighting the need for careful handling and disposal.

The handling of sanitary waste carries inherent health risks, necessitating thorough risk assessments and the implementation of safety precautions. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that with appropriate containment, careful handling in compliance with regulatory standards, and the avoidance of residual liquids, the health risks associated with sanitary waste are minimal.

Sanitary waste covers a wide array of materials, not limited to feminine hygiene products. This category also includes:

  • Human and animal waste (faeces and urine)
  • Catheter and stoma bags
  • Incontinence pads and nappies
  • Nasal fluids and sputum
  • Contraceptive devices such as condoms
  • Vomit and contaminated bedding from non-infectious sources
  • Disposable items from medical and veterinary practices (e.g., gowns)
  • First aid plasters
  • Waste from animal care (e.g., bedding)
  • Non-healthcare related waste from personal activities (e.g., piercing or tattoo waste, excluding sharps)

Waste King is committed to providing efficient and safe disposal services for all types of sanitary waste, ensuring public health and environmental protection.

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disposal of sanitary waste

How to dispose of
sanitary waste

Sanitary waste management is subject to stringent regulations within the UK to ensure the safe and hygienic disposal of waste, mitigating health risks. The Water Industry Act 1991 underscores the prohibition against flushing sanitary waste, highlighting the potential for blockages and issues within sewer and drainage systems.

As such, feminine hygiene products should be disposed of in designated sanitary bins. This can be done directly or by wrapping the waste in toilet paper. Businesses hold a responsibility under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to manage “controlled” waste, which includes sanitary waste, by ensuring it is kept separate from other waste streams and that sanitary bins are emptied regularly, based on their usage and capacity.

The responsibility of removing sanitary waste falls not on employees but on the business itself, which must arrange for the waste to be collected and disposed of by a licensed carrier. This is essential for compliance with legal requirements and to ensure waste is handled safely.

All controlled waste, including sanitary waste, must be handed over to a carrier that is registered with the Environment Agency. It is crucial that any company engaged in the collection of commercial waste, including Waste King for sanitary bin services, holds valid registration as a waste carrier, guaranteeing lawful and secure disposal practices.

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My wife booked a van to collect some building/garden rubbish, we got a phone call to let us know when they were 20 minutes away. Tom and Mo were brilliant, even the bits I thought would be to large or heavy were taken before I knew it, nothing was too much trouble and all done with a smile, will definitely use Wast King in the future.

Date of experience: 17 November 2023

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Easy booking system. Received a call to let me know arrival time. Everything cleared quickly with polite service. Will definitely use again and recommend to others

Date of experience: 29 November 2023

Caroline Barry

Allround great experience
From booking to the actual waste removal all around this was a good experience. Speaking to the booking team was easy and everything was well explained. On the day the removal team called in advance to provide an estimated arrival time and the work was done in a friendly and professional manner. I would definitely recommend this service and will use Waste King again. Thank you!

Date of experience: 28 November 2023

Armin Hergenhan

Great Team
I tip waste as the site regularly now, The team at the waste transfer depot are always friendly and helpful. Great service all round, Bedfordshire Recycling would definitely recommend Waste king

Date of experience: 23 November 2023

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Great service from first contact to completion. Well pleased. Job done and dusted.

Date of experience: 05 December 2023

Jacqueline Shemmelds

Really good service
I had an amazing experience with Waste King!.
Transparent with the costs, contacted me when they would arrive – on tîme!! Darren or Daz was amazing, I thought the job would be problematic, however he was enthusiastic and no job too big!!

So happy with the service, Courtney , my contact was amazing and kept me updated and Daz being amazing on the day to clear my 10 years + of stuff in the garage!
Absolutely brilliant service!!

Date of experience: 14 November 2023

Gary Jones

Cost Effective – Fast – Professional

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Sanitary Waste FAQ’s

What is the proper way to dispose of incontinence pads?2024-03-20T16:40:08+00:00

Incontinence pads should be disposed of similarly to other sanitary waste types. When using a toilet in a workplace, fold the used incontinence pad and place it in a plastic bag before disposing of it in a sanitary bin. At home, used incontinence pads can be thrown away with your general rubbish, provided they are bagged to prevent leakage.

Is it permissible to flush sanitary towels down the toilet?2024-03-20T16:41:00+00:00

Under no circumstances should sanitary towels, pads, wipes, tampons, or any similar products be flushed down the toilet. Even those products labelled as ‘flush-friendly’ should be avoided and instead placed in an appropriate sanitary bin to prevent blockages. These items can cause significant clogging, leading to overflows or issues with the septic tank, which can be costly and time-consuming to rectify. Ensure your business is equipped with sufficient sanitary bins to discourage the disposal of sanitary products in toilets.

Is it acceptable to burn used sanitary pads?2024-03-20T16:39:48+00:00

It is strongly advised not to burn used sanitary pads. Igniting sanitary pads can emit harmful toxins, leading to air pollution and posing significant health risks to anyone in the vicinity. While used sanitary pads may be incinerated, this should only occur within specialised sanitary waste incinerators at licensed waste treatment facilities.

How do you dispose of incontinence pads?2024-03-03T09:53:10+00:00

Incontinence pads require disposal similar to other sanitary waste types. When in a workplace setting, fold the used incontinence pad and secure it in a plastic bag, then place it in a sanitary bin provided within the restroom. For those at home, used incontinence pads can be disposed of with your regular trash. It’s important to enclose them in a bag to prevent any leakage. This guidance is brought to you by Waste King, ensuring cleanliness and safety in waste management.

Do incontinence pads constitute hazardous waste?2024-03-20T16:40:37+00:00

Generally, incontinence pads are not considered hazardous waste. Like other waste menstrual products, they are usually non-hazardous as they are not infectious. However, if the individual using the incontinence pads has a diagnosed condition, such as a urinary tract infection, then the waste might be considered hazardous. Most often, though, it is not deemed hazardous.

Can you put sanitary towels down the toilet?2024-03-03T09:55:20+00:00

At Waste King, we strongly advise against disposing of sanitary towels, pads, wipes, tampons, or any related products in the toilet, including those labelled as ‘flush-friendly.’ The best practice is to dispose of them in designated sanitary bins. This precaution is essential because such items can lead to blockages, resulting in overflowing toilets or issues with the septic system.

The repercussions of a clogged toilet can be both costly and time-consuming, whether at home or in a professional setting. Ensuring the availability of sufficient sanitary bins in your business premises is crucial to prevent employees, customers, or visitors from resorting to flushing these items, thereby maintaining a smooth and hygienic waste management process.

Can sanitary pads go in general waste?2024-03-03T09:51:00+00:00

When disposing of sanitary pads at home, it’s acceptable to place them in your regular waste, as many feminine hygiene products come with packaging designed to prevent leaks.
However, in workplace or public restroom settings, it’s important to avoid disposing of sanitary pads in general waste bins. These locations should provide specialised sanitary disposal units to ensure proper handling and privacy. Waste King is committed to promoting responsible waste management practices for all types of waste, ensuring a cleaner and safer environment for everyone.

Can sanitary pads be disposed of in the general rubbish?2024-03-20T16:39:19+00:00

At home, you’re allowed to dispose of sanitary pads with your general rubbish. Many feminine hygiene products come with packaging that enables you to wrap them up for disposal without any leaks. However, at work or in public lavatories, sanitary pads should not be placed in the general rubbish bin. Instead, there should be a designated sanitary bin provided for this purpose.

Can I burn used sanitary pads?2024-03-03T09:52:09+00:00

At Waste King, we strongly advise against burning used sanitary pads. This practice not only releases dangerous toxins into the air, contributing to pollution, but also poses significant health risks to individuals in the vicinity. Although certain circumstances permit the incineration of used sanitary pads, this process should only be conducted in specialised sanitary waste incinerators at licensed waste management facilities, ensuring the safety and protection of the environment and public health.

Are sanitary bins legally required in UK workplaces?2024-03-20T16:41:25+00:00

Sanitary bins are indeed a legal requirement in UK workplaces. All businesses within the UK must provide suitable facilities for the disposal and collection of sanitary products in female washrooms, as mandated by The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the Water Industries Act 1991, and the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Failing to provide adequate sanitary bins in workplace lavatories could constitute a breach of these regulations, potentially leading to a hefty fine. The presence of sanitary waste bins in workplace washrooms is essential for the comfort of staff and visitors and should therefore be a priority for employers.

Are sanitary bins a legal requirement in the workplace in the UK?2024-03-03T09:56:29+00:00

In the UK, it’s mandatory for workplaces to equip female restrooms with sanitary disposal facilities, as stipulated by The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the Water Industries Act 1991, and the Environmental Protection Act 1990. These laws mandate that businesses must offer proper means for the disposal and collection of sanitary products, ensuring compliance with health and safety standards.

Neglecting to install adequate sanitary bins in your company’s bathrooms not only contravenes these regulations but could also lead to significant fines. Beyond legal compliance, providing these facilities is crucial for maintaining a comfortable and hygienic environment for both employees and visitors. Waste King is committed to helping your business meet these essential requirements efficiently, ensuring a safe and welcoming workplace for everyone.

Are incontinence pads hazardous waste?2024-03-03T09:54:08+00:00

At Waste King, we understand the concerns surrounding the disposal of incontinence pads. Generally, these products are not considered hazardous waste, similar to menstrual waste products, as they are typically non-infectious. However, if the individual using the incontinence pads is diagnosed with a condition that could render the waste infectious, such as a urinary tract infection, then it might be classified as hazardous. In most instances, though, incontinence pads do not fall into the hazardous waste category.

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