What you’ll do
This talk will examine the paradox of the UK sanitary-bin system, which promises a solution to the environmental issues associated with flushing menstrual products, as well as discreet waste management.
Yet the system relies heavily on trucks that drive and exchange bins, and on burning the waste in depots. Why did this system begin, and what can it tell us about gender, environmental history, and corporate interest in the menstrual cycle? The talk will look at the incinerators that led to calls for better menstrual-waste management in the 1940s, the growth of the bin-cleaning system in the 1960s, and the industry’s intersection with environmental and menstrual activism in the late twentieth century.
After the talk, you’ll have the opportunity to look at some key documents from the archives and ask questions.