Sanitary Waste Law Briefing Document


All sanitary waste must be disposed of responsibly and all businesses no matter their size must comply with sanitary waste law.

Sanitary waste law applies to all industries, and as an employer you have a duty of care to protect your employees, visitors and customers.

The first step to take is to separate sanitary waste by providing sanitary disposal bins. This waste then needs to be collected under a Waste Transfer Note and disposed of responsibly at Waste Transfer Stations.

Legislations governing these procedures are contained, in but not limited to:


The Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 34

Under The Environmental Protection Act 1990 every waste producer is responsible to ensure that all sanitary waste is handled in a proper manner from storage on site, through collection and disposal. Companies that don’t comply with this Legislation may face fines and even imprisonment.

Complying with this sanitary waste law means appointing a responsible contractor that has a valid waste carrier’s certificate.


The Water Industries Act 1991

The Water Industries Act 1991 states that no sanitary waste should be flushed down the toilets. This was common practice before this Act was introduced. The installation of sanitary bins will allow your business not only to be compliant with his sanitary waste law, but also reduce the occurrence of blocked pipes and drains.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation 1992, Regulations 20 and 21

Regulations 20 and 21 set out that each workplace should have adequate sanitary facilities which are suitable and sufficient at readily accessible places. All companies are required to provide a suitable means in female toilets including disable toilets for disposal of sanitary products.

“...water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings.”

In simple terms, it means that all toilet cubicles that are going to be used by females has a sanitary bin or another type of suitable bin that can be used for sanitary disposal. On occasions that a sanitary disposable bin cannot be placed in every cubicle then the business will need to indicate which cubicles or toilets have them.


Duty of Care Regulations, 1991

This regulation, also known as The Duty of Care Act, demands that any sanitary waste is managed all the way to be either recycled, land filled or incinerated. The sanitary waste must be transported by a licensed waste carrier who must also have an up-to-date and valid certificate as well as a full audit trail of documentation, which must be available on request.

Mint is a registered waste carrier and we provide a Annual Waste Transfer Note to all our customer on a yearly basis. All of our vehicles and technicians are authorised to carry the relevant waste which will be disposed of at approved Waste Transfer Stations.


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