How to dispose of tampons?




Did you know in the UK, every woman uses an average of over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her reproductive lifetime. Most tampons, pads and panty liners generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, as they contain plastic. The average menstrual pad contains as much plastic as four carrier bags.


Disposal of tampons

Due to the stigma and lack of education about tampons most people are unaware of the correct way that we should dispose of tampons. In the UK a large majority of women will flush their tampons down the toilet rather than wrapping them in tissue and using the waste bin usually provided in public toilets (the correct way). It is estimated that 2.5 million tampons are flushed down the toilet every day -not only can these products block your drains we also see a large proportion ending up in our oceans.



As Albany Mae’s tampons are made from 100% organic cotton, they are biodegradable and therefore also compostable. To create the correct conditions that helps the process, you need to ensure that the compost has a good balance of green (fruit and veg peelings) and brown (such as cardboard) compost. It is also key to make sure that the compost is damp, warm with a well-sealed lid and that you are adding to it regularly. It is recommended to wait 18-24 months for the complete breakdown of menstrual products in the compost. This ensures it breaks down in a beneficial way that returns all the building blocks of nature to the soil to better fuel future plant growth.

The PP Foil that surrounds the tampons (due to health and safety of the product) must not be included in the compost this will have to be recycled.