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Disposing of used tissues, simple or difficult?

(25 Posts)
MamaCaz Thu 27-Feb-20 07:55:49

Just that, really (with the backdrop of Covid-19) - we are being advised to use paper tissues and dispose of them after one use, but when you are out and about, how easy or difficult is it to do that in the places you frequent?

Personally, I have found it difficult/impossible.

Having 'caught' a sneeze while in a supermarket, I had no option other than to put the tissue back in my pocket, as there are no bins. The same would have applied in almost any shop not large enough to have a public toilet.

A similar problem in the public library with dgd, who almost always has a runny nose.

On my local walks, no bins.

Even in local villages and towns, bins are few and far between, if not non-existent..

Is this a widespread problem, and if so, how can we reasonably follow that piece of advice?

tanith Thu 27-Feb-20 08:02:14

I live in London suburbs and we do have bins here and there outside local shops Tesco have one outside the supermarket and in the park near me. I’d stick it in my pocket and dispose of when I got home otherwise.

Esspee Thu 27-Feb-20 08:03:17

FGS just keep a bag in your pocket and bin it when you get home.
All my paper products go in the compost bin.

Oopsadaisy3 Thu 27-Feb-20 08:07:50

I have bags in my pocket anyway, similar ones to the bags in my dog walking jacket.


MamaCaz Thu 27-Feb-20 08:18:02

The idea of carrying a bag around with me to put them in hadn't occurred to me! blush. Not sure there was any need for the FGS though - the suggestion alone would have been enough!

Esspee Thu 27-Feb-20 08:45:06

What do you usually do with your trash when you are away from home?
We usually bag it and bin it when we get home. Surely we all do this?

Bellanonna Thu 27-Feb-20 08:50:11

Fair comment MamaCaz

harrigran Thu 27-Feb-20 08:55:35

I always have nappy sacks in my bag, very light to carry but handy for all sorts.

Mapleleaf Thu 27-Feb-20 09:05:21

Yes, carrying a bag to put them in is a good suggestion. I agree though, no need for the FGS, as it came across as a bit sharp.

Esspee Thu 27-Feb-20 09:12:10

With everything that is going on in the world today I feel a For Goodness Sake on a thread about the disposal of paper hankies is entirely justified.

Not like I put FFS!

EllanVannin Thu 27-Feb-20 09:17:10

I almost always have one or two freezer bags with me and my tissues go in that until I get home, then they're flushed and not put into nearest rubbish container where they can blow away with all the gales we have.

This is when coal fires were handy.

merlotgran Thu 27-Feb-20 09:23:05

We're very lucky to have a woodburner. I put used tissues in my bag then burn them when I'm home.

Nortsat46 Thu 27-Feb-20 09:28:22

I agree, it can be an issue. I don’t think there are any bins at all on London Underground, they were removed in the 1980’s as an anti terror / anti fire measure.
I dread to think about what happens to the paper tissues of the millions of people who use the Tube every day.

To those who carry a bag in their pocket or handbag, to contain the used tissue, presumably you also have to dispose of the bag after use, otherwise that is harbouring germs too?

Elegran Thu 27-Feb-20 09:31:54

Bins became fewer in our town after terrorists cottoned on to how useful they were to casually drop a timed bomb into and stroll away. When the G8 conference was on here (or maybe it was different numbered G) , there wasn't a single open bin in Princes Street.

Calendargirl Thu 27-Feb-20 09:50:33


Tissues should not be flushed. They are the wrong sort of paper, and can cause blockages.

endlessstrife Thu 27-Feb-20 10:03:30

My goodness, I never knew that about tissues and the toilet! There’s actually a symbol on the box, with a line through someone putting one in the loo. Never too old to learn!! 😮

Witzend Thu 27-Feb-20 10:08:23

I agree with dirty-nappy bags - very cheap and fold up to nothing - plus I always have some here for Gdcs’ visits.

Alexa Thu 27-Feb-20 10:24:17

Good question! I agree it's like the dogpoobag problem: not enough bins. Ideally we would each have a small cross body bag with plastic lining for washing and disinfecting. Few would wear this!

It' pockets not the used paper that is the main problem. However viruses tend to be delicate and especially when dried out won't survive long, unlike some bacteria and some other disease germs. There must be scientific info about this !

Alexa Thu 27-Feb-20 10:29:07

Sensible experienced people like grans here can and often do carry bags to put dirty detritus in. However most people in the world need advice and instruction, and still won't adopt clean habits.

Greyduster Thu 27-Feb-20 10:40:37

Having used said tissue and placed it in the requisite bag, do we then remember to use sanitising hand gel? Sometimes I have it with me (mostly when I’m fishing) sometimes not. I can see that we must all follow these guidelines now but I am not looking forward to the constant round of paranoid activity I undergo while preparing raw chicken these days, where I seem to be thoroughly cleaning my hands every few minutes in case I spread chickeny bacteria around!

Alexa Thu 27-Feb-20 10:48:51

Greyduster, I like to assemble all the 'dirty' equipment I will need before I unpack the chicken, then there is only one hand washing.

BTW I like to scratch the soap with my finger nails then scrub it out .Tesco sells nail brushes for £1.

Greyduster Thu 27-Feb-20 10:57:18

So do I Alexa but it still doesn’t stop me going over the top with the hand washing, and now I have something else to be paranoid about!😁🤦‍♀️

EllanVannin Thu 27-Feb-20 11:25:24

Calendargirl, my tissues are more often than not squares of toilet paper which I tear off before going out. I rarely buy tissues, toilet rolls are cheaper and can be flushed.

EllanVannin Thu 27-Feb-20 11:26:45

Even the washing up liquid is anti-bacterial.

merlotgran Thu 27-Feb-20 11:30:35

We use loo roll for tissues as well.