The other side of rubbish (NSFW)

Used sanitary towels, tampons and nappies hanging about for two weeks? Eww.

Maybe it’s a sign of the male-centric world that we live in, maybe not, but plans to see waste collection in Cornwall become partly fortnight collections leaves me feeling, as a woman, more than a bit queasy. I mean, do these people not realise the other items that end up making up the waste in our county’s bins isn’t just food and the odd bit of un-recyclable packaging?

A lot of the waste that goes into landfill in this county, like the rest of the country, are sanitary towels, tampons and babies’ nappies (as well as used tissues). Now I can assure any men that don’t know this that leaving used sanitary products – that have been given more than ample application of a woman’s monthly flow – lying around in a bin bag or bin for two weeks ain’t great. (I’ve seen ant infestations in homes when it’s been left around for too long. Ants appear to love menstrual blood as much as sugar.) Single use nappies are even worse. Oh, and tissues that are full of cold and flu virus – they’re a biohazard to one and all.

Now, I don’t mind there being weekly collections for “bodily waste” alongside food waste and recycling, but I really don’t think this stuff should be left decomposing in people’s homes for more than a week. I’d also venture that if such “bodily waste” was not collected weekly we could see an increase in related items ending up on our county’s beaches as more women decide to flush them away than ever before.

Maybe households could be issued with bins to contain these hazardous materials, in which case, fine. But the ones aimed at storing used nappies will need to be rather large.

The people that say women should use things like mooncups or terry nappies… Okay problems with terry nappies: I’m still unsure of their environmental benefits considering how thorough you need to be in washing them.

As for mooncups… I’ve tried using them several times. I’ve had to give up each time. Apart from being even more awkward (IMO) than tampons (which I also have tried to use and have given up on) to use, keeping them suitably sterilized is a difficult task too. Also, when a woman is on her period, things can get rather messy down there, and public toilets are not the best of places for trying to stick things up a vagina and hope that everything remains clean or sanitary.

In fact, most toilet cubicles are so small that it’s very difficult to move one self into a position that will allow for things to be put up a vagina for lengths of time longer than the time a penis or vibrator tends to hang around for. (Ideally a tampon or mooncup stays inside a woman for 6-8 hours.) Oh sure, you could try to put one in before leaving the house, but what if you don’t get it in right and you need to check how things are down there? Size and cleanliness of public loos is still a problem.

So, what am I asking for here? Apart from toilet cubicles being bigger and with functioning sinks built in? I’m asking that Cornwall Council carefully consider the alternatives for those of us who stick more than just polstyrene in rubbish bags once a week.

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5 thoughts on “The other side of rubbish (NSFW)

  1. OMG! You’re too funny! You should copy and paste this in letter form and send it to the council!!

    Actually, it really is gross! And very unsanitary! As soon as you hit menopause, it all goes away! But in the meantime, give ’em hell Harry (that’s what we say in the states when we’re good and mad at councils, authorities, or directors and plan on telling them-it’s got something to do with Harry Truman and one of his speeches)

    Came over from Prince Charming My Arse’s blog! She thinks highly of you!

    • I did link to the council’s Twitter account when I posted it up earlier. Have yet to get a reply, doubt I will. My local councillor lives nearby though… I’m sure he’d love to see the issue firsthand XD

  2. Heres a look at a few types.. All in Ones or All in Twos.An All in One is generally a nappy that does not require anything else. This comes especially handy when the baby pees and you can take out the soaker from a pocket and substitute it with a new one.. Pocket.A pocket style nappy does not usually need any cover as it is made out of polyurethane laminate or something identical to that material. With these its important to make sure to check them often to prevent leaks.. Prefold Style Nappies.Prefold nappies are the unadorned rectangular cloths that are folded up into 3 areas.

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