Well, on airplanes, they used to provide a little stack of waxed-paper bags
to containerize things like sanitary products and used diapers- probably at
the behest of the ground crew that gets to empty the trash chute in the
cans. I imagine those bags are available somewhere to civilians.
I worked one semester in college as a night shift janitor on campus. The
ladies bathrooms were always the nastiest rooms on the list for the night.
I worked as a "Corrections Officer" (read Jailer or Turnkey, there is
no "Corrections" involved in that job). Female Work Release had a
neat little 'Sanitary Napkins" box on the wall. It disappeared the
first time I had to empty it.
replying to willshak, Kara keating wrote:
Unfortunately marketing schemes like the word "flushable" confuses a lot of
people. Just because a product says flushable doesn't mean biodegradable.
Like baby wipes say flushable however they have costed public municipalities
millions of dollars for back ups and thousands of pounds of "FLUSHABLE" items to
be removed out of our sewage plants. So think of an individual septic on our
properties, it cannot and will not break this stuff down.
Sewage treament plants have to remove the "non-biodegradable" items from
their filters regularly: parakeets used as potholders, monkey legs, a 52
Nash, Glock pistols, entire sets of encyclopedias. You'd be surprised.
Heck, I found a (neatly folded), used, Pamper in a shopping cart at Walmart.
You can put all kinds of organic matter in a septic tank. People with
septic tanks have garbage disposals after all. You just have to have
it pumped out more often. It's not rocket science. Ignore the
Google septic tank pumping chart.
I have a dry well separate from the septic system, The only things that
go into the dry well are from the sinks and bath/showers (grey water). I
have no disposal. I don't see a need for a disposal since we dump food
waste in the compactor right next to the sink.
The only food that gets into our dry well is whatever can squeeze
through the drain strainer.
Learn from folks who deal with septic systems for a living (Control+F
the page for garbage):
Feces & TP don't have exclusive, magical, septic-friendly properites.
If you met someone with septic problems, they probably didn't pump out
their tank on a proper schedule (or ever).
What kind of problems? You send it down, no problem. You're supposed to
have it pumped? I've heard of people with 75 year old systems that have
NEVER been pumped. What kind of problems could anyone have with something
so simple as a septic system?
Steve ( It's a joke, son. Ahhhh joke Ahhh said. - Foghorn Leghorn)
The less you put in a septic system, the longer the time between
cleanings. Do you have a septic system? Do you know what pumping a
septic system costs? Where I live, it is $400, and last time, I had the
dry well pumped at the same time for a grand total of $800.
Sigh. You didn't read the link, did you? Millions of people
successfully using a garbage disposal with a septic tank, long term,
is not comparable to people who unsuccessfully drive their car.
Millions of people successfully using a garbage disposal with a septic
system, long term, indicates that it can be done quite easily. But
you'd already know that if you had read the link on septic tank
I totally agree. Once I asked a septic guy about that, and he said, "It's
partially digested food, isn't it? It's the same as crap."
Maybe so, and I DO have a garbage disposal on a septic tank, but I still
don't send a lot down it. Hardly anything. We now have a compost pile, so
that makes it a little easier. Trash guy comes once a week here in the
country, and stuff can get real skanky in a week. The compost pile is going
As an aside, at our mountain cabin, we have two trash cans in the bathroom.
We have a sign that asks guests to please put TP in the flip up lid trash
can. Then it says, "But, if it's REALLY brown, send it down."
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