Can cleaners empty sanitary bins in the UK?

Cleaning PPEWhilst the disposal of most bathroom waste is fairly straightforward, the disposal of sanitary waste has legislation and various risks associated that prevent a regular cleaner from emptying and disposing of the sanitary waste safely. Throughout this blog, we’ll cover the main aspects of this legislation and what it means for your business.

Is it a legal requirement to provide sanitary bins in the UK?

Public Toilet CleaningYes, it is a legal requirement to provide sanitary bins in the UK. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that employers must provide suitable and sufficient sanitary facilities for female employees and visitors. This includes the provision of sanitary bins for the disposal of sanitary products.

Who should empty sanitary bins in a company?

The Water Industries Act 1991 requires that any waste containing sanitary products must be disposed of in a way that does not cause blockages or damage to the sewerage system. Therefore, it is important to ensure that sanitary waste is disposed of properly, using appropriate bins and waste management systems.Knitted Cleaning Lady

This means that there is a long list of strict procedures to follow when compared to general waste. From the moment the waste is created to when it’s destroyed, it’s essential that your company follows the correct procedures in order to prevent legal and public health action from being taken.

It is for this reason that in almost all scenarios, it is much more effective to implement a comprehensive sanitary disposal solution, as the company will take on the correct legislative procedures, ensure a Pristine workplace, and prevent any chance of legal action being taken.

Contact a member of our team to learn more about our sanitary disposal solutions.

How often should sanitary bins be emptied?

This completely depends on the size of your organisation, as it’s based on the approximate volume of waste that will be produced. Usually having disposals either bi-weekly or monthly is sufficient, but larger buildings with a high footfall will require more frequent collections. A professional sanitary waste service provider will be able to help in creating a bespoke plan to suit your organisation and it’s requirements.

What are the risks of handling sanitary waste incorrectly?

There are a range of health, reputational, profitability, and legal risks associated with handling sanitary waste incorrectly.

LegalLegal action

Failure to provide adequate sanitary facilities, including sanitary bins, can result in legal action being taken against an organisation, as you are legally required to follow the Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Water Industries Act 1991, and Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Exposure to diseases

Incorrect handling can also lead to exposure to pathogens and infectious diseases. Not only can this affect your cleaning staff, general staff, and visitors, but it can actually pose a serious legal threat to your company.Washing Hands In Sink

The disposal of sanitary products is often the hardest part for companies to comply with, as oftentimes companies are unable to fulfil the correct disposal in-house.

It’s generally accepted that the best option for handling sanitary waste is by investing in a feminine hygiene bin, and outsourcing the process of decomposing the waste, as the company will help to ensure that you meet the legal requirements, avoiding legal action, an unclean workplace or a negative company image.

What are the benefits of implementing a professional sanitary waste solution?

Alongside ensuring that the proper legislation is being followed, investing in a professional sanitary waste solution has a number of other benefits, including:

Improved hygiene and safety

A professional sanitary waste solution ensures that waste is disposed of safely and hygienically, reducing the risk of exposure to infectious diseases and unpleasant odours.

Compliance with legal requirementsOffice Meeting Room

By implementing a professional solution, businesses can ensure compliance with legal requirements for the disposal of sanitary waste, avoiding potential fines or legal action.

Increased employee satisfaction

Providing a clean and hygienic workplace can increase employee satisfaction and productivity, as well as promote a positive company image.

Improved environmental responsibility

environment iconProfessional sanitary waste solutions can include environmentally-friendly options, such as recycling or disposal methods that minimise environmental impact.

Efficient and reliable service

Professional providers offer reliable and efficient service, ensuring that waste is collected and disposed of on a regular basis, reducing the risk of overflowing bins and associated health hazards.


Ensuring the following of complex legislation can become costly, particularly in you find yourself in trouble. By outsourcing your sanitary waste management, businesses can benefit from cost savings compared to managing the process in-house, as well as avoiding the costs of potential legal action or fines for non-compliance.

In summary, implementing a professional sanitary waste solution offers a range of benefits, including improved hygiene and safety, compliance with legal requirements, increased employee satisfaction, environmental responsibility, efficient and reliable service, and cost savings.

Our range of hygiene services

shorrock logoWe started out as a commercial cleaning company, and we’re now established to the extent of offering a wide range of washroom services. Thanks to our partnership with Diversey and Shorrock Trichem, this service includes the fitting and maintenance of sanitary waste bins with a discreet, reliable, and professional service for disposing of sanitary waste.

We have an in depth understanding of the legislative procedures required to correctly remove sanitary waste, and work seamlessly with your cleaning team to manage the waste with minimal interruptions to your business.

We hope you found this article useful, Contact a member of our team to learn more about this topic or to enquire about our sanitary disposal solutions.

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