GERMS

The #1 contaminated spot in restroom

Interior surface has 20,000 times more microbial contamination than a public toilet seat
 

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS

HEP B and C and HIV are blood borne viruses present in a carrier’s menstrual blood
 
HEP B and C can thrive in blood-soaked materials and in residue on environmental surfaces even in dried state up to a week
 
PLUMBING COSTS


45% of users CHOOSE TO flush tampons down the toilet

Tampons, on average, expand about 10 times their size but toilets, pipes and sewer lines are not that wide

Clogged toilets lead to unscheduled maintenance calls, costly repairs and time-consuming cleanups
 

 ODORS


Moistness of soiled products, inside lidded receptacles,  are a perfect environment for odor-causing bacterial growth that emits a repulsive smell
 
NEEDLESTICKS


Needles and other sharps that can cut the skin, are commonly discarded into stall waste receptacles and can create a cut in the skin which allows contact between blood, or fluids

 
EYESORES

 
 Unwrapped, discarded menstrual products in stall disposal receptacles are repulsive to view for custodial staff and restroom patrons
 
POLLUTION


Highly absorbent and stringy material such as tampons, pads and wipes; prevent sewage from flowing through municipal sewer systems, causing blockages in sewer pipes, sewage pumps and leads to backups as well as spills into water systems


Plastic debris, including plastic tampon applicators, are endangering US beaches and oceans.