The impact of an ageing population on Waste Management

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Overall improvements in living standards, health and welfare mean that, as a nation, we are living longer. Whilst on the face of it this is good news, it inevitably means that there are more people requiring care at an older age and this has numerous knock-on effects, not least in the impact on resources. An increase in healthcare provision for an ageing population leads to an increase in demand for healthcare products which in turns generates an increase in waste, all of which needs to be managed and disposed of in accordance with a strict set of government waste disposal legislations.

Male Incontinence Product Disposal

Whilst these demands are having an impact on waste management as a whole, there are some certain age-related conditions that are generating specific waste management requirements. An example of this can be seen in the rise of instances of male incontinence and, as a consequence, the growth in the market of products associated with this condition. Data from the US shows that the adult incontinence pad market is set to become as big as the nappy (or “diapers” for our American readers) market within a decade, meaning organisations of all sizes are needing to adjust their waste management programmes accordingly. Safe and responsible disposal of such products (classed as offensive waste) should be an intrinsic component of any good waste management plan.

The pads are not designed to break up on contact with water and should therefore not be flushed down the toilet.  However, for many male users, this is the only realistic option. As with the disposal of feminine hygiene products, the most efficient, effective and hygienic means of disposal is to partner with a Hygiene Service Provider. At Citron Hygiene we pride ourselves on providing the very best service.  Our units are exchanged regularly and replaced with a washed and hygienically clean unit.  Containing ActivapTM our market leading germicide 99.999% of all bacteria and viruses in the unit are killed helping to stop the spread of bacteria.

Legal disposal of incontinence pads

The disposal of incontinence pads is not only becoming increasingly important from a hygiene perspective, but also from a sensitivity point of view. Male incontinence, and in particular the use of incontinence pads, is understandably a sensitive subject and for many still remains taboo. A suitable, hygienic and discreet means of disposal of such products in washrooms and toilets is therefore not only a welcome sight for sufferers, but will also help to break the stigma attached to male incontinence. It will also ensure there are no problems down the line with blocked drains leading to high maintenance costs.

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