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By Anonymous - 28/12/2019 01:00 - United States

Trash office

Today, all the trash bins in the restrooms at my office are compost only. I'm all for going green, but now I have to walk two buildings over to find a regular trash bin when I need to change a tampon. My manager said: "go and walk" or "use the bins in the kitchenette". FML
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By  Sara Niemantsverdriet  |  6

I'd just use the compost bins anyway. I'm all for green too, but fuck them if they can't provide proper sanitary product disposal.

By  Kaylana_fml  |  31

This is actually a textbook case of gender discrimination, and a lawyer would be foaming at the mouth thinking of the easy win this lawsuit would be. The USA has very few labor laws, but this would qualify.

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By  Sara Niemantsverdriet  |  6

I'd just use the compost bins anyway. I'm all for green too, but fuck them if they can't provide proper sanitary product disposal.

By  Klaudia Dunk  |  2

I read this, going "wtf", then looked up to see where it's from. "Ah, USA. Makes sense." Seriously though, even if your office has a shared male/female bathroom, they're still going to have female staff and guests that will need sanitary waste disposal. Is your boss one of those men who think women should just be able to "hold it"?

By  Kaylana_fml  |  31

This is actually a textbook case of gender discrimination, and a lawyer would be foaming at the mouth thinking of the easy win this lawsuit would be. The USA has very few labor laws, but this would qualify.

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  julfunky  |  29

I’m usually downvoting the “sue ‘em!” comments but this situation would be one of the few instances where I completely agree. Obviously talking to him hasn’t done anything. If a trip to HR doesn’t solve it then a lawsuit should.

By  jbuckets_404  |  38

I wasn't aware that paper, plastic wrappers, paper clips, ink/ toner cartridges, and staples are all compostable. That term usually ONLY applies to organic matter.
Can you provide your own bin for said trash???

By  Lexie  |  7

Have you thought about using a menstrual cup? Then you wouldn't need to bother with trash bins

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  julfunky  |  29

That’s not a solution. Menstrual cups are NOT for everyone. Just as tampons aren’t nor are pads. Every woman has her own product that works for her, she shouldn’t be forced to change something so personal because they can’t provide a basic trash can.

By  bl3ur0z3  |  17

How many ladies work there? Band together in protest and assign a tampon can in the hallway outside the bathroom. Even if you have to bring in a $5 Home Depot bucket and call it a trash can.

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  Yudith  |  20

That won't cut it. You need a bin labelled "napkin disposal" in the bathroom stall. You can simply steal one of the compost bins and label it with a Dymo tape. If you cannot screw/weld it to the bathroom wall or door, superglue it to the floor.

By  jriley4u  |  17

Start flushing those bad boys. After the first plumber bill they’ll suddenly decide it’s time a receptacle for sanitary reasons would be in order.

By  Razell  |  13

Tampons are made of compostable material, and blood will also compost just fine, so the only things you'd have to not put in the compost bin are the plastic wrapper and applicator. If you use ones with a cardboard applicator, that can compost too.

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  julfunky  |  29

Many tampon brands include synthetic fibers as well, which are NOT compostable. The only thing that is usually always compostable is the absorbent material because that is 100% cotton. You would need to specifically buy “compostable tampons.” Not just any tampon will do.

Also, if you use pads that will not be an option because there is adhesive on the underside as well as a thin plastic lining. Again you would have to specifically find biodegradable pads, which aren’t exactly common.