Water Talkers

Sexy Bin!

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Chloe Booker
Chloe Booker | Mar 31, 2015 | in Loo Litter Concepts

The Sexy Bin is a discrete, hygienic, disposal system for your bathroom waste. Offered free by your water company, it’s a must for all environmentally respectful bathrooms. Easily and safely dispose of items like sanitary towels, condoms and tampons. Also suitable for non sexy items like dental floss, face wipes, hair and cotton buds! Avoid floods, ruined beaches and unnecessary blockages – by binning it!  

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by David Simoes-Brown

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

1... great idea... please change the name... if it's just going to be sexy bin, I think some may get the wrong view!

2... would like to see the biodegradable bags being included - and a way of these bags being collected separately by the refuse collectors.

3....would hope that the bin has colour options

Whole concept is necessary. Some do not have bins in their bathroom, so temptation to flush becomes too great, especially for guests.

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Gina LoBuglio Apr 8, 2015

Hi aster1x, take your point on calling it 'Sexy Bin'. I think we were just looking for another way to say that it'd be a nice looking bin. How about 'Beautiful Bin'? ;-)

David and I were having a chat about this the other day and we thought it'd be great if we could've posted a photo of what this handy bin might actually look like. Do you think that that might help other people get on board with this idea, too?

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Janet Bradley Apr 8, 2015

Beautiful bin sounds good!! I think a picture of what what this bin could look like would be helpful... Then people would know the quality, the look and what to expect... we all know what a bin looks like, it's more what we could expect as an option provided free from a water company.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

good idea it could have different compartments for metal and plastics

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

That is a good point. I do struggle with my current bathroom bin for sorting recyclables... I end up recycling nothing of my bathroom waste...just throw it.

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Maybe the wipes manufacturers could be involved with this too! different companies could provide the binliners.

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

That's true... companies can use this to provide greater brand awareness - brands that want to be involved will be ones which are interested in being environmental and responsible... ones who don't produce "flushable" wipes which aren't really!

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Katie100 Mar 31, 2015

A free bathroom bin means no-one has any excuse for not having one. perhaps it should have a picture of a nice clean beach on one side and a nasty litter strewn on the other! (you can turn the nasty side against the wall - but it's there to remind you....!)

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

I would prefer my bin not to have stickers! Would still like a bin to look nice in the bathroom. Only sticker can be Under the lid.

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mark burns Apr 1, 2015

if there giving shower heads etc away why not give free disposal bins aswell then?

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

To be honest, I would have thought it was a greater priority to ensure that items are correctly disposed off in bins, than having a different shower head. Surely, the blocked drains, etc cause more problems, than using a couple of extra litres of water per shower. So I think it is more important to give away a bin.

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Eirlys Evans Apr 9, 2015

Hi astr1x

Only just seen your post.

I agree that it does need to be a priority to prevent wipes and other unsuitable items  being flushed away.

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George Richardson Apr 1, 2015

KatieW There is no such thing as a free lunch. ANY freebies cost the water companies,if they have half a dozen freebies.so called.,and we take a conservative number of 15 million properties and each item costs with distribution £2. That is £180,000,000. not going into infrastructure  Why not ask Bathroom manufacturers to add a bin as standard.so four piece not three and all matching.

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Janet Bradley Apr 2, 2015

However, free bins may not be free for the water companies, but they can be cost effective. Water companies spend millions dealing with the non-toilet paper items that have been flushed down the loo. We have discussed there have been fat bergs the size of a jumbo jet... Wipes are a considerable blame in this regard. If people disposed of their waste responsibly, it would cut down costs for water Companies. They may view it is as a good investment.

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

Bambi i think your idea should be pushed . The wipe manufacturers [ All kinds ] should not only be made to state no wipe is flushable and should be binned,but give a logo marked bin with their product when requested,and perhaps recoup the cost by selling bio-degradable                 bin  bags along with their wipes.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

Bags could be free if they were allowed advertising on the side of the bags.... And they would get increased kudos for participating in this concept.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Yep! i agree 100%

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

This is a good idea...not sure about the name though. This would definitely encourage people to not put things down the loo that shouldn't be put down there.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

Totally with you on the name... Wipes aren't sexy and they need to go in the bin.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Logo for the bin.  "BOO TO THE LOO!",and inside our old friend  Only paper and one and two,go down the loo.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Thank you aster1x.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

It's a standard issue bathroom bin? I don't think this idea is for us.  Maybe boosting the profile of a bathroom bin in every home is a better idea, so people realise it is normal to bin these items, and by doing so you are not creating a major public health risk...! maybe you need to know why people are flushing this stuff away? Neat freaks? Who want rid of it  fast? Re educate people in the role of a bathroom bin, and regular emptying of it! I was taken round sewage works as a child and clearly remember the tampons and sanitary towels messing up the water cleaning process! Plus I grew up in Devon surrounded by surfers against sewage!

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Janet Bradley Apr 9, 2015

Yes, there have been many discussions as to why people don't bin such items... for example I believed wipe manufacturers who state on the packets that the wipes are flushable... but the evidence that I have now found out is that is completely incorrect... I even thought that when some wipes said don't flush, I thought they must have be being conservative as wipes must be flushable as it says so on some packets. So that is one problem.

But for some the problem is that people don't have bins near loos, that they don't have the opportunity to bin... so rather than walking through the house to the nearest bin, it's easier to flush down the loo.

So... this concept, if water companies issue you with a bin, plus even biodegradable bags to line the bins and that this rubbish is picked up by your bin men in a proper receptacle.. it will force people to realise its necessary to bin these items, as so much emphasis is being put on the correct disposal.

We have seen in the news recently about wipes on beaches... fat bergs made up of wipes and fat... many, many people flush things that should not... we want it to be socially acceptable and encouraged that everyone disposes of bathroom waste in a proper fashion... get the message out.

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Kate Humpho Apr 9, 2015

Having pondered this a bit more, every loo needs a bin next to it, as much as it needs a loo roll within reach! A water company supplied one is probably a good start to the initiative, but give it a really neutral name, super bland, and inconspicuous!  A sexy bin sounds repulsive!

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Juliette Apr 9, 2015

Great idea to encourage everyone to have a bin with compostable bags for certain items, but I dislike the name. Drawing inspiration from 'Surfers Against Sewage' and some of their campaigns would make an educational behaviour change campaign very relevant and provide the public with a clear message directly connecting issues of  toilet 'rubbish' and the impact on the environment and health & safety.

Timing this ready for holiday season may push home the message further?

There also needs to be a bit of education to the public re why its so hard/costly to remove such items as part of the water purification process - otherwise 'people' may just think it's the individual water company's responsibility to address rather than the global community all doing its bit.   

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