FAQs: Sanitary Services

FAQs: Sanitary Services

When you own or rent a building for your business there are lots of things you need to think about and one of them is your sanitary services.

We get a lot of queries regarding sanitary services – whether that’s asking about sanitary waste disposal or requesting sanitary bins. We’ve put a lot of the frequently asked questions here into one place for you so you know what is required.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question that’s not on here. You can either email enquiries@absolutehygienesolutions.com or call us on 0208 317 9693 or even tweet us @AbsoluteHygiene or on Facebook.

1Do I have to provide sanitary bins?

Yes, even if you have just one female employee in your company. If not, you’ll be breaking The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation Law which states, ‘suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences should be provided at readily accessible places’.

Providing sanitary bins gives people a discreet and hygienic way to dispose of feminine hygiene waste which also means a pleasant washroom.

Our sanitary bins have an active plant extract treatment which renders bacteria harmless and odour-free; it is also non-toxic and biodegradable. Our units are made from recycled plastic. Find out more here.

2. Can I dispose of sanitary waste myself? 

No. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is unlawful to deposit, recover or dispose of controlled waste without a waste management license or in a way that causes pollution of the environment or harm to human health.

AHS are licensed waste carriers and we dispose of your sanitary waste safely, providing a full audit trail of documentation which will be available at all times.

3. How often should my sanitary bins be emptied? 

This depends on your business’s requirements so you can choose how often you would like them to be collected. It can be anything from 2 weeks to six weeks.

4. What is included in your sanitary services? 

We provide manual, pedal and automatic sanitary bins to your business after deciding your collection frequency. We then visit on this time to collect the waste. We’ll provide you with a consignment note detailing the type of waste collected, its EWC code, the quantity, components, hazard code and container type. A copy is issued for you to retain, ready for auditing purposes.

5. What is an EWC code? 

EWC stands for European Waste Catalogue. The use of EWC codes is a legal requirement of the Duty of Care (DoC) legislation across the UK. You don’t have to worry too much about these as we’ll make sure they are correct for your waste disposal.

6. What does non-healthcare waste mean? 

You may hear your sanitary waste be classed as non-healthcare waste or ‘offensive waste’ it also includes:

  • Nappy Waste
  • Incontinence Waste
  • Protective garments – such as aprons, masks, gloves (not contaminated with bodily fluid)

Most businesses will generate some form of offensive waste.


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