One in 10 men across Australia are living with some form of incontinence.
Melbourne is the first capital city in Australia to trial incontinence product disposal bins in its facilities.
The BINS4Blokes initiative has seen bins installed in male and all gendered toilets across six Council-owned facilities, including libraries and hubs, recreation centres, and community baths.
The City of Melbourne is an inclusive and accessible city and we want people who experience incontinence to have access to services so they can manage their needs without shame or stigma.
Councillor Jamal Hakim said it’s important more people have access to proper disposal bins for their incontinence products – particularly given many instances of incontinence can be much better managed with the right resources.
‘With the proper facilities to dispose products, we hope those living with incontinence can continue getting out and about, and doing what they love when they’re here in the City of Melbourne,’ Cr Hakim said.
‘The trial will not only showcase a practical solution for those living with incontinence, but importantly, raise awareness and facilitate a much-needed conversation on the topic,’ he said.
The BINS4Blokes initiative, led by the Continence Foundation of Australia, will also serve the important purpose of reducing the stigma around bladder and bowel control health.
The stigmatisation of incontinence can affect the emotional and physical health of people and prevent them from attending school or work, participating in sport and engaging socially.
Like our pilot program to provide free period products in a range of locations across the city, this trial will also be used to provide options on the expansion of the program across City of Melbourne facilities and offices.
Endorsed unanimously by Council in May, the trial began on 1 September.
For the trial period, bins have been installed at:
- Library at the Dock
- City Library
- Carlton Baths
- Melbourne Town Hall public toilets (on Collins Street)
- North Melbourne Community Centre
- Kathleen Syme Community Centre.
Users will be able to locate the disposal bins via the National Public Toilet Map, a web-based map and phone app that shows the location of more than 19,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia.
Users will be also able to highlight the location of toilets that have incontinence product disposal bins.