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Types of Sanitary Napkins Disposals

Although menstruation may be an uncomfortable topic for some, women are utilizing sanitary napkins more than ever. Proper waste disposal is paramount to operating a safe, clean, and accessible public bathroom for everyone. Whether you are opening a brand-new business or your commercial restrooms are due for an upgrade, it is important to explore the different types of sanitary napkins disposals so you can make the smartest investment for your facility. The two most common kinds of disposal units are partition-mounted or recessed. There are advantages and disadvantages pertaining to installation, maintenance, and cost that we will review so you have an informed basis for your research and shopping experience.

There are several different types of sanitary napkins disposals, but surface-mounted and recessed models are the most common. Surface-mounted units are ideal for restrooms with ample space. These models are typically installed on partitions, walls, or other surfaces in the restroom facility. Should you choose to install your waste disposals on partitions or particle-board surfaces, your unit will likely require sheet-metal screws or through-bolts, nuts, and washers. Hollow-core metal partitions, plaster, and drywall construction will require a solid or concealed backing into which the sheet-metal screws can be secured and to comply with local building codes. Other wall surfaces may require fiber plugs or expansion shields to meet manufacturer guidelines for suggested installation. Although it is less common, sanitary napkin disposals being installed back-to-back will need threaded sleeves and machine screws for the full thickness of the partition.

Recessed and semi-recessed units are the other most common types of sanitary napkins disposals. These units usually feature separate key coin box locks for facility managers to access and to prevent vandalism. Although you can purchase individual units, recessed models are most prevalent in combination form. You can save on your initial investment by choosing a unit that dispenses toilet paper or seat covers in addition to housing the proper sanitary napkin accommodation. You can also choose between side swing disposable panels or top-facing covers to keep disposed waste clear from customer view depending on the layout and accessibility of your public restroom.

Many models on the market feature self-closing panels that reduce the risk of contamination and transfer of disease-causing bacteria. You should also choose units with international graphic symbols denoting appropriate sanitary napkin disposal for customers of every background and language to identify. ADA requirements and compliance may affect your overall decision. Stainless steel is the most widely used material in sanitary napkin and tampon disposal, which is easier to maintain and requires only regular cleaning. If you have any questions about this buying guide or need help finding the right solution for your facility, contact a member today.

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