Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You must handle and dispose of any sanitary waste you produce safely. You should not flush sanitary waste down the toilet.
Sanitary waste includes used:
If you provide toilet facilities on your premises for employees and visitors you must plan how you will deal with sanitary waste.
As a business, you have a duty to ensure that any waste you produce is handled safely and within the law. This is your duty of care.
As part of your duty of care you must ensure that you only transfer your waste to a person or business that is authorised to deal with that type of waste.
You must keep records for two years of all waste that you transfer or receive.
Sanitary waste should not be flushed down the toilet. It may cause blockages in sewage pipes at sewage treatment plants and septic tanks, causing sewage and sanitary waste to pollute the sea, rivers and eventually beaches.
Install sanitary bins for female employees and visitors to dispose of used feminine hygiene products. They should be in all female or unisex toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. This could save you from having to pay expensive drain cleaning bills.
The national Bag It and Bin It campaign provides information on disposing of personal hygiene products responsibly.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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