‘PlasticSmart’ refund vouchers offered with purchase of disposable period products

‘PlasticSmart’ refund vouchers offered with purchase of disposable period products

Tue, March 26, 2024

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has welcomed a ‘PlasticSmart’ refund voucher for people living in the Borough who submit a receipt for reusable period products, including cloth sanitary pads, menstrual cups and period pants.   

To help with the initial cost of switching to reusable period products, the vouchers can be spent in Considered Co Zero Waste and Refill Store in Coleraine. 

Commenting on the scheme, Councillor Steven Callaghan said: “This is a fantastic idea, which encourages those with periods to reuse products such as menstrual cups, period pants and sustainable sanitary pads.

“Considering the level of waste disposable menstrual products create in the Borough each year, the Council is happy to support this scheme, which prevents them ending up in landfill.”

Explaining how the scheme works, Environmental Resource Officer Fiona Watters said: “If you spend £20 on reusable period pants, pads, liners or menstrual cups, you can then claim a £15 voucher to spend at Considered Co, or if you spend £40, you can claim a £30 voucher.

“You simply need to be a full-time resident in the Borough, and vouchers, which are valid for three months, can be easily redeemed through the store in exchange for proof of purchase.”

People with periods typically use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products over their lifetime. 

“As well as being expensive, it’s bad for our environment as non-flushable products are flushed down the loo or they’re ending up in landfill,” Mrs Watters said.

“Considering the cost of around £10 for disposable products per period, this adds up to approximately £130 each year and around £5000 over a lifetime. 

“Disposal of single use menstrual products like tampons, applicators, liners and pads generates around 240 tonnes of waste in Causeway Coast and Glens each year.”

Most menstrual pads are made from 90% plastic, which can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfill or the ocean.  A big-brand pack of 14 period pads contains the same amount of plastic as five carrier bags. 

Mrs Watters pointed out that around 1,680 panty liners, 6,000 tampons and 3,375 pads are wrongly flushed down the toilet every day in the Borough. 

“Once flushed, these items make their way to our beaches, coastline and sea through sewer overflows. Overflows are used when there is heavy rainfall or a lack of capacity in the sewer system – and when is it not raining here?

“Period products are the fifth most common item of rubbish found on our beaches - more common than single use coffee cups, straws and cutlery.

“So we want to provide as much support as possible to encourage local residents to get behind the sustainable menstrual movement and claim most of the costs back with our help.”

For full terms and conditions or to request an application form, please contact or phone 028 2766 0248.