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Brilliant Bins The Sanitary Bin Guide For Commercial, Community and Leisure in England

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Answering the big questions.
There is a lot of confusion about the controls and regulations that apply to sanitary bins. This guide contains the answers to the questions that we get asked. Some of the information may surprise you, but this guide will provide you with in depth understanding of the regulations concerning disposal of sanitary waste. For example, most web information would like you to believe that sanitary waste is clinical waste, but this is rarely the case. This guide deals with regulations covering England. Additional guides for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are being prepared, but please contact us if you would like to discuss the situation in the devolved regions. The result is pretty similar, but from different sources. If you would like further information or a no-obligation discussion about your own disposal arrangements, please do contact me.

Is it a legal requirement to provide sanitary waste bins? Is feminine hygiene waste classed as clinical or hazardous waste? Is there a limit on how much sanitary waste can go in my main waste collection bin? How easy is it for the cleaning staff to manage your disposable sanitary bins? I have been told our sanitary bin waste is controlled or offensive waste and must be collected by a specialist service. Is this correct?

Dentist's, Doctor's & Healthcare what regulations apply to feminine hygiene waste? Schools what regulations cover feminine hygiene waste in schools? Is Brilliant Bins registered with the Environment Agency? How can I check the registration of my waste collector? How environmentally friendly is a disposable bin? Im concerned about odour. Why dont you have chemical fragrance powder in the bin? What is Cellogreen Eco-Print laminate? Id like to provide bags for items to go into before going in the bin. Do you sell these? Do you provide guidance on Duty of Care - Waste Transfer Notes?

Brilliant Bins is a trading name of Seiquelle Innovation Ltd, 103 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire RG16 0NB www.BrilliantBins.co.uk sales@BrilliantBins.co.uk Tel: 01488 684850 Edition 8 Feb 2013 Seiquelle Innovation Ltd

Is it a legal requirement to provide sanitary waste bins?


The applicable law is the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 paragraphs 20 and 21. The Regulations do not specifically mention bins for sanitary waste, but do have an overriding condition that sanitary conveniences (ie washroom facilities) should be suitable and sufficient. The Health and Safety Executive, however, in the Approved Code of Practice related to the above Regulations, issue their interpretation of suitable and sufficient which includes: In the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings. In practise this could be a covered pedal bin, although this would mean revealing the contents to users and cleaners. Our bin is aimed at providing a better option than the pedal bin, without having the costs and inconvenience of service collection contracts.

Is Feminine Hygiene Waste clinical or hazardous waste?


The Environment Agencys guidance is that the vast majority of municipal hygiene waste is non-hazardous and non-clinical waste. The example provided by the Environment Agency of a case where the waste could be classified as clinical is not referring to feminine hygiene waste. Staff and employees at work are not likely to be unwell to the degree that feminine hygiene waste is re-classified. A risk assessment is advised for non-domestic premises. The detail, for all kinds of commercial municipal hygiene waste from nonhealthcare sources, including feminine hygiene waste: The following guidance is an extract from the Department of Health document: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste, Edition 2, published March 2011, pages 108 & 109 Municipal premises other than domestic: This section considers potentially offensive/hygiene waste from non-healthcare activities and premises (for example offices, shops, schools, childcare facilities, animal boarding kennels, dog faeces collection bins, body piercing facilities). These wastes can normally be assumed under this step of the assessment to present no risk of infection unless an indication to the contrary is provided by a healthcare professional. However, those who have a duty of care for such waste should undertake appropriate assessment and segregation where any risk factors indicate that an element of the waste may be infectious. Where there is a risk of infection, the waste is clinical waste and possesses the hazardous property H9: Infectious". The EWC code 20 01 99 should be assigned and the waste disposed of in orange receptacles. (Note added by us: this would only be for a situation such as an outbreak of diarrhoea at a daycare nursery leading to the production of potentially infectious nappies) Waste contaminated with non-infectious bodily fluids is capable of causing offence and therefore requires appropriate packaging to alert those in the waste management chain of the contents. It is recommended that such types of waste be classified as offensive/hygiene waste. This waste should be segregated where it is generated in quantity one bag (7 kg or more) in any collection interval. Only quantities less than 7 kg may be placed in the black-bag waste stream.
Brilliant Bins is a trading name of Seiquelle Innovation Ltd, 103 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire RG16 0NB www.BrilliantBins.co.uk sales@BrilliantBins.co.uk Tel: 01488 684850 Edition 8 Feb 2013 Seiquelle Innovation Ltd

So I can put up to 7kg of sanitary waste in one collection?


As noted above, the limit set by the Department of Health means that up to 7kg in any one collection cycle may go in the black bag waste. One full Brilliant Bin is likely to weigh approx. 1.0 kg and so our customers are unlikely to come near the limit. Remember you only need change the bins when full and therefore you will not be replacing all bins at the same time as with a service contract provider. The Waste Code for black bag waste is 20-03-01 and called Mixed Municipal Waste.

How easy is it for the cleaning staff to manage disposable bins?


Very easy, very quick, no fuss, and nothing unpleasant to deal with. Each Brilliant Bin has a plastic sleeve, on the reverse, containing a black bin bag, ready for the whole bin to be put into for disposal. It is easy for the cleaning staff to check whether the bin needs changing by just picking it up theres no need to look inside. When its time to change the bin, the whole bin is placed in the black bin bag and then, securely double wrapped, it is disposed of within the general waste collection.

Dentist's and Doctor's Surgeries and other Healthcare Premises. Can these premises use the Brilliant Bin system?
Environment Agency advice is that feminine hygiene waste from toilets in General Practices and Dental Practices is not healthcare waste. Therefore feminine hygiene waste can be included in the mixed municipal commercial wastes being collected from the surgery. The advice is therefore exactly as for a commercial premises, and subject to the same quantity limits. However please request our Sanitary Bin Guide for General Practices or Sanitary Bin Guide for Dentists.

What regulations cover feminine hygiene waste in schools?


Schools are deemed to be Municipal premises other than domestic and so the advice is exactly as for business premises. However please request our Sanitary Bin Guide for Schools.

I have been told our sanitary bin waste is controlled or offensive waste and must be collected by a specialist service. Is this correct?
All household, commercial and industrial waste is controlled waste as defined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and further classified in the Controlled Waste Regulations (England & Wales) Regulations 2012. Therefore sanitary waste is indeed controlled waste. However, you dont need a specialist to collect feminine hygiene waste. Controlled waste may only be transferred to a waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency, and the waste management company collecting your commercial waste will be registered as a waste carrier in exactly the same way as any sanitary bin service contract collector. This means that it is perfectly acceptable for your main waste to have a proportion of hygiene waste included. The Controlled Waste Regulations (England & Wales) 2012 also define offensive waste from non-healthcare sources as waste for which the code 20-01-99 applies.
Brilliant Bins is a trading name of Seiquelle Innovation Ltd, 103 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire RG16 0NB www.BrilliantBins.co.uk sales@BrilliantBins.co.uk Tel: 01488 684850 Edition 8 Feb 2013 Seiquelle Innovation Ltd

When feminine hygiene waste is a small component of general commercial waste, it does not need to be described as offensive waste, does not fall within code 20-01-99, and the whole collection is general municipal waste under code 20-03-01. Only when feminine hygiene waste is collected as a separate fraction and handled in bulk, as done by the contract service collection companies does it need to be handled as offensive waste with the waste code 20-01-99, which then has a more onerous final disposal rules.

Is Brilliant Bins registered with the Environment Agency?


Brilliant Bins is registered with the Environment Agency as both a Waste Carrier and Waste Broker under our company name Seiquelle Innovation Ltd ref CB/HN5010CZ.

How can I check the registration of my waste collector?


You can easily check that your waste collector is registered at the Environment Agency http://www2.environment-agency.gov.uk/epr/search.asp

How environmentally friendly is a disposable bin?


Using the Brilliant Bin system reduces the vehicle mileage required to dispose of the waste and eliminates the need for water and chemicals to wash out exchange units. Please request our guide the Environmental and Operational Case for Disposable Bins. The Brilliant Bin is inexpensive and so affordable by every business. It therefore helps to ensure that sanitary waste is not flushed down the loo. It is estimated that 2 billion sanitary items are flushed down the loo each year. More on this from the "Bag it and Bin it Don't Flush it" campaign. The Brilliant Bin enables you to buy 6 months or a years supply of bins and store them compactly in your cleaners cupboard. One delivery replaces multiple trips to your site to deliver exchange units reducing vehicle mileage. Sanitary waste in the Brilliant Bin is collected along with your other commercial waste and so no additional vehicle miles are required. The Brilliant Bin is printed and constructed in the UK, so no shipping from the Far East is involved. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) http://www.fsc.org/about-fsc.html certified box board is the principal material making up the bin. The original pulp is bleached using an elemental chlorine free process, and the board produced at an EMAS accredited mill. It can be disposed of by incineration for energy recovery or is bio-degradeable. Not suitable for recycling due to the content of the bin The glossy laminates major raw material, Cellulose, comes predominantly from managed forestry in North America. The pulp suppliers have active replanting programmes and plant more trees than they harvest each year. Thus this film is distinguished from most other thermoplastic films in that it comes from a sustainable source and is not derived from fossil fuels. The secondary raw material is acetic anhydride, a simple derivative of the everyday tabletop chemical acetic acid (vinegar).

Brilliant Bins is a trading name of Seiquelle Innovation Ltd, 103 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire RG16 0NB www.BrilliantBins.co.uk sales@BrilliantBins.co.uk Tel: 01488 684850 Edition 8 Feb 2013 Seiquelle Innovation Ltd

Im concerned about odour. Why is there no chemical fragrance in the Brilliant Bin?
The Brilliant Bin is designed to minimise environmental impact, therefore we do not use chemical powders and fragrance inside the bin. Our research shows that the addition of scented chemicals inside a bin does not make a significant difference to odour outside the bin whether on an exchange bin or for the Brilliant Bin. The lid of our bin is secured with a magnetic closure. Occasionally there is an issue which would only be dealt with by changing the bin. You can change a Brilliant Bin immediately. With an exchange bin you may need to wait weeks for the next exchange date. You can also provide small disposal bags for sanitary items to be put in before placing the item in the Brilliant Bin. These are available, along with an optional dispenser, on our product page.

Id like to provide small bags for items to go into before going in the bin. Do you sell these?
Yes, we supply printed paper disposal bags and also a clear Perspex holder if needed. See our website product pages.

What is Cellogreen eco-print laminate?


The glossy laminate inside and outside the Brilliant Bin is not made from fossil-fuel based plastics. The primary raw material used in the production of the cellulose acetate laminate is sourced from refined wood pulp from Sustainable Forest Initiative managed forestry.

Do you provide guidance on Duty of Care - Waste Transfer Notes?


With the Brilliant Bin system, you do not need a specific waste transfer note for your sanitary bins. The completion of a 12 month waste transfer note is carried out annually with your main waste management company. You should let your waste management company know that you have a small amount of hygiene waste in your collection. Please request our Waste Transfer Note Information Sheet. It included suggested descriptions, waste code and details to add to your existing waste transfer note content. Should your waste collection company have any questions, we will be very happy to assist. We have positive agreement from major waste collection companies for our system. We hope this has assisted you to understand that you can handle your own disposal of hygiene waste as an alternative to using service contract exchange-bin providers. Please do call us if you would like to discuss any of this information further. Susan Hofgartner BSc (Hons) ARCS ACMA
All information is provided in good faith, but we do not accept any liability if you use this advice which is summarised and not tailored to any specific situation.
Brilliant Bins is a trading name of Seiquelle Innovation Ltd, 103 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire RG16 0NB www.BrilliantBins.co.uk sales@BrilliantBins.co.uk Tel: 01488 684850 Edition 8 Feb 2013 Seiquelle Innovation Ltd