Title:
System for dispensing and sanitizing disposed tissues
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A sanitary tissue dispensing system has a tissue dispensing box and a plastic bag dispenser. Soiled tissues are individually contained in single plastic bags that are folded to contain consumed tissue. Upon being placed and contained within the single plastic bags, the consumed tissue can be disposed of in a trash can without contact between consumed tissues with other persons. Spread of infection by bacteria, virus or fungi otherwise caused by contact with soiled tissue is substantially prevented. A folded plastic bag containing soiled tissue is, alternatively, inserted into a second bag, which is also folded prior to disposal.



Inventors:
Fino, Jeffrey J. (Dover, NJ, US)
Fino, Karen M. (Dover, NJ, US)
Application Number:
11/654109
Publication Date:
07/17/2008
Filing Date:
01/17/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65H1/00
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Primary Examiner:
KUMAR, RAKESH
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ERNEST D. BUFF (BEDMINSTER, NJ, US)
Claims:
1. A tissue dispensing system, comprising: a. a tissue dispensing means; b. a plastic bag dispensing means comprising a plastic bag dispensing unit attached to a sidewall of said tissue dispensing means, said plastic bag dispensing unit having a bag feed slot disposed near the top of the sidewall, for dispensing plastic bags; c. said tissue after being used being immediately placed and contained within said plastic bag by folding said bag; whereby disposal of said folded plastic bag comprising said used tissue prevents contact of said used tissue with other persons preventing spread of bacterial viral or fungal diseases.

2. A tissue dispensing system as recited by claim 1, wherein said a tissue dispensing means is a tissue dispensing box with a top tissue dispensing opening.

3. (canceled)

4. (canceled)

5. A tissue dispensing system as recited by claim 1, wherein said plastic bag dispensing unit comprises plurality of individual plastic bags.

6. A tissue dispensing system as recited by claim 1, wherein said plastic bag dispensing unit comprises a plastic bag roll in the form of a continuous sheet with easy tearing perforations between plastic bags.

7. A tissue dispensing system as recited by claim 6, wherein said plastic bag comprises a fold line.

8. (canceled)

9. A tissue dispensing system as recited by claim 6, wherein said plastic bag comprises a length that is 2 times as long as its width.

10. A tissue dispensing system as recited by claim 9, wherein said plastic bag width is to 1/4to 1/2inch smaller than the width of the tissue dispensing means.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to tissue box dispensers; and, more particularly, to a tissue box dispensing system equipped with a plurality of plastic bags that contain used tissues appointed for disposal to thereby avoid contaminating others with disease causing germs.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Tissue boxes having various tissue delivering methods are known in the art. Some of these tissue boxes have locations adapted for storage of used tissues. However, individual used tissues are not secured in an environment that avoids the spread of germs to others. This is especially the case when disposal of used tissues proceeds in a casual, unplanned manner.

U.S. Pat. No. 2,887,216 to Hargraves discloses a dispenser and receptacle mounting. A convenient, disposable receptacle is adapted to be mounted in a motor vehicle by means of a support associated with the pivoted door of the glove compartment in passenger cars, cabs or trucks. The mounting also supports a tissue box. The dispenser dispenses tissues, while the receptacle, which is expansible, opens to receive litter and used tissue. The receptacle, attached to a glove compartment door, is open. In this condition, the receptacle is not sealed; and does not prevent contact between used soiled tissues and other persons in the vehicle.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,458,095 to Stall discloses a combined tissue dispenser and waste receptacle. The dispenser with waster receptacle is mounted on a frame in the driver's compartment of a passenger car. A standard paper container or waste receptacle associated with the dispenser cooperates with a standard facial tissue-dispensing box. This combination device may be placed on the hump between the driver's seat and the passenger's seat, or inclined on the footrest. The used tissue is dispensed into the waste receptacle and is not secured to prevent contact with other persons.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,913,810 to Shaw discloses a tissue dispenser with clips for a disposal bag. This tissue dispenser is particularly suited for mounting adjacent a lower portion of an automobile seat. It has a bracket formed from a pair of U-shaped members arranged perpendicularly to one another, for retaining a conventional box of tissue. The tissue dispenser and disposal bag are attached to the lower portion of a bucket seat. Used tissue is discarded in the disposal bag. The used tissue may contact other persons spreading the germs contained therein.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,280,643 to Cordova et al. discloses a camping clean-up equipment center. This portable camping clean-up equipment center can be shoulder carried, hung by a tree branch, or placed on a table or in a car. This portable combination device contains water, a cup holder, a paper towel holder, a soap holder and a trash holder. The water contained therein can be dispensed through a faucet or a showerhead. This is not a tissue dispenser. The trash holder contains trash, which is not secured to prevent contact of trash with other persons.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,644,689 to Arians discloses a sanitary device. A receptacle cooperates with a disposable paper dispenser suitable for mounting on a door. The top portion of the device contains a tissue box, which is accessed by opening a hinged door. A bottom portion of the device has a bin with a receptacle for receiving used tissue, which is inserted through a slot. Individual tissues within the bin are not contained, and tend to contact a person that is disposing or transferring used tissues from the receptacle bin. The receptacle bin is not attached to the tissue box. The device must be attached to a door, and is relatively bulky.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,879,442 to Giovine discloses a tissue container and waste tissue receptacle. Tissues are selectively removed from one side and, when soiled, are stored on the other side. The tissue box has an upper portion, which contains folded fresh tissue. The fresh tissues are pulled out one at a time from a top slit. Used tissues are inserted into a second opening at the bottom of the box, which pushes the used tissues into a plastic bag. The two compartments of the tissue box are separated from each other by a movable partition that moves upwards as more tissues are used and more used tissues are inserted into the bottom slot. Pushing the used tissue through the slot against the weight of all folded tissues and the movable partitions is not an easy task. Any used tissue that has not been completely inserted tends to make contact with the next user, spreading germs left thereon by the first user. The tissues are not secured to prevent contact with others in this arrangement.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,127,545 to French discloses a pouch for holding and dispensing facial tissues. This pouch is preferably made of pliable and soft material such as a moisture proof or moisture repelling fabric and is designed for holding and dispensing facial tissues from small pocket sized packages. The pouch has a closable flap which, when opened, exposes the facial tissue for removal and use. It is removably attached to a selectable location of the body of the person. The flap may additionally contain such items as licenses, passes, note pads and the like. The pouch is also provided with a pocket into which used facial tissues are placed. The used facial tissues may be later removed from the pocket for proper disposal. There may also be provided a pocket into which a lip balm or lip stick tube may be placed. The lip balm pocket is located on the flap, which additionally serves as a place to grab in order to pull open the flap. The opening to the lip balm pocket is preferably elasticized so that the lip balm may be taken out and reinserted using one hand. This pouch carries a small packet of facial tissues and lip balm. Used tissue is inserted into a second opening and is disposed at a later time. The tissue is not secured in a manner that prevents it from contacting others; the structure is not operative to prevent spread of germs.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,129,545 to Parks discloses a container for dispensing and disposing of tissues. This tissue container has a dispenser compartment and disposal compartment. The container has a tissue dispensing opening in the dispensing compartment and a tissue receiving opening in the disposal compartment through which soiled tissue may be inserted. The two compartments are formed on opposite sides of a flexible, bag-like liner with the liner opening only at the soiled tissue receiving opening. The tissue is disposed from the top of the box while used tissue is inserted in the bottom of the box in a compartment. The two portions of the box are separated from each other by a plastic folded bag that expands as more used tissue is inserted from the bottom. No means are provided for removal of the used tissue. During disposal, soiled tissues may contact the user, spreading gems. Used tissues are not securely contained, but are merely inserted into the bottom portion of the box.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,145,062 to Crispi discloses a portable tissue box holder incorporating a disposable waste receptacle. This portable holder is adapted for use with standard top-opening tissue boxes fitted with a disposable waste receptacle bag to receive soiled tissues. The holder is made from a single foldable paperboard blank, cut and scored in such manner as to be quickly assembled around the tissue box and affixed to it by means of a notched flap. A small kitchen plastic bag or paper lunch bag may be used as the waste receptacle and is disposed of with the soiled tissues. The holder can contain a printed design on one side in the form of a clown, animal or other familiar figure whereby the opening for the mouth is the site of the waste receptacle and the arms encircle the tissue box. This is a single paperboard sheet, which has slots and is folded to receive a tissue box. Slotted openings are provided to insert a plastic or paper lunch bag which is kept open and has a swinging lid. This lid is pushed to dispense the used tissue directly into the plastic bag. This plastic bag has to be eventually emptied by a person, at which point the used tissue may come into contact with others, spreading germs. Soiled tissues are not securely retained to prevent contact with others.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,505,296 to Parker discloses a tissue container and disposal container arrangement. This tissue container and disposal container arrangement is adapted to provide a disposal container readily removed and erected from a collapsed configuration to accommodate soiled tissues subsequent to use. The disposal container is provided with a support tether to permit ease of positioning of the disposal container, as desired. The tissue box has a bottom region, which contains a used tissue disperser box, which may be erected by unfolding side pleated front and back walls. Soiled tissue is disposed of with the second dispenser box, which may be emptied. Used tissues are not secured in any manner to prevent their contact with others. Disposing of the box or emptying the box tends to promote contact with soiled tissues, contaminating others.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,839,771 to DeMars discloses a tote for cleaning supplies. This tote has an open internal compartment adapted to contain cleaning supplies and tools for cleaning utensils. This tote has an internal compartment for carrying cleaning tools, cleaning supplies, a roll of paper towels and a place to hang a disposal bag for collecting used paper towels and other debris. This tote does not disclose or suggest a device for storing facial tissues or keeping soiled tissues from contaminating others.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,950,818 to Paulsen discloses disposable bags and a dispenser for feminine hygiene items. A hinged top box carries a roll of disposal bags with perforations between each bag. The bag has tongue and groove sealing means and has an antibacterial agent contained therein to prevent odor generation of female hygiene products. The box additionally has an antibacterial scent, which coats the outer surface of disposal bags. The roll requires tongue and groove sheets—a configuration that is not available in commonly manufactured disposal bags, owing to the attachment requirements of tongue and groove hardware. Moreover, this tongue and groove hardware prevents rolling of the disposal bags into a roll. Generally, tongue and groove bags are provided as individual bags, not in a roll. The '818 patent disclosure does not disclose a device for storing facial tissue or keeping used tissues securely from others. A disposal means forms no portion of this device. Rather, disposal bags with female hygiene products must be carried and disposed of separately.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,675,986 to Spencer discloses a cold care bag system. A housing for holding tissues is provided with a mechanism for dispensing cold care bags from a roll. Each cold care bag is impregnated with disinfectant material such that a user may use a tissue and dispose of the tissue by putting it in a disinfectant impregnated cold care bag, tearing the cold care bag from the roll, sealing the cold care bag, and throwing the sealed cold care bag into the garbage. The tissue is extracted from a box, used and inserted into a bag with a disinfectant that is torn from a roll and inserted into a bag, sealed and thrown in the garbage. The drawings do not show a roll, from which the disposal bags are torn. The sealing mechanism for the bag is not disclosed either. If a bag is delivered from a roll, it will likely not have sealing means available. Sealing devices such as tongue and groove mechanisms must be attached to a plastic bag. This increases the bulk of the bag in the vicinity of the area appointed for sealing, expanding the size of a roll of bags to impractical dimensions. Sealing means that rely on the presence of a sticky substance are likewise not practical, owing to the difficulties encountered when opening the bag to insert soiled tissues.

US Patent Publication No. 2003/0189059 to May et al. discloses a combined tissue dispenser and waste collector. This combination tissue dispenser and waste collector is adapted for dispensing clean tissues or towels and collecting and compacting the waste material. The tissue dispenser and waste collector comprises two compartments, one for dispensing clean tissues or towels and the other for receiving the compacted waste paper. The dispenser slides within the waste collector compartment, thus compacting the waste paper. Each of the two compartments remains attached during use by the abutment of stops on the sides. When the tissue dispenser slides into a waste collector, the waste tissue is compacted. Soiled tissues within the waste tissue collector may be emptied into the trash, or the waste tissue collector may be disposed of in its entirety. In either case, soiled tissue may come in contact with others, spreading germs.

US Patent Publication No. 2003/0234257 to Tumlinson discloses an expandable, combination dispenser and disposal for tissues. This facial tissue dispensing and disposing system includes an expanding container having a dispensing opening on the top and a disposing opening on the bottom. A tissue clip is enclosed in flaccid plastic with a cardboard floor and adhered to the underside of the dispensing opening. The clip is elevated and the side walls are expanded by inserting used tissues in disposal openings in the bottom. This is a self-contained unit with tissue provided on the top and used tissue disposed off at the bottom of the dispenser. Individual tissues are not secured from contact with others. The used tissues are merely inserted in the bottom slot of the dispenser and may readily fall off from the slot or protrude outwards. The bottom portion is made from cardboard and is not sealed or contained in a plastic bag.

US Patent Publication No. 2005/0173285 to Moncrief discloses a tissue dispenser and disposal unit. This dispenser and disposal unit is adapted for a package of tissues and includes a rectangular container with an open top. An elevated section projects above the rear wall of the container including means for retaining a plurality of tissues and means for securing the rear of the elevated section against a vertical support so the tissues may be removed from the container and disposed of in the open top container. The used tissues are merely placed in the cardboard container and may come in contact with others spreading germs contained therein.

US Patent Publication No. 2005/0183972 Youngblood discloses a tissue box caddy. A receptacle stores and keeps items, such as toiletries and medicine, within close proximity to a tissue box. The receptacle includes a bottom wall, a plurality of walls and a hook element. The plurality of walls extends outwardly from the bottom wall to define a storage space. The hook element has an edge for forming a hole in a top surface of the tissue box. This tissue box caddy merely attaches to the side wall of a tissue box, providing space for placing toiletries and medicine. It does not accept used tissue or prevent contact of used tissue with other persons.

US Patent Publication No. 2005/0211719 to Vani discloses a hand-held tissue dispensing device. This hand-held tissue dispensing device may be a puppet comprised of a sleeve portion into which a user's hand can be inserted. The sleeve may have an opening in the front side for dispensing tissues. A compartment associated with the back side of the sleeve holds tissues or other things. In addition, the sleeve may have a sound circuit for generating audio outputs including sound effects and speech. An animal like puppet character is thereby provided with a front opening for dispensing tissue. One hand is inserted within the puppet, and pulled out tissue is used to blow one's nose, etc. The back side of the puppet has a back pack line opening which accepts used tissue for later disposal. The used tissue is merely inserted and is not secured from contacting others. Disposal of these used tissues clearly contacts others, spreading germs.

US Patent Publication No. 2006/0000739 to Kadish discloses a package containing a first compartment for storing unused disposable cleaning products and a second compartment for storing used disposable cleaning products. The package includes a first compartment for storing unused, disposable cleaning products (e.g., tissue papers, paper towels, napkins or moist wipes), and a second compartment for receiving and storing the disposable cleaning products after they have been used. There is an internal structure that separates the first compartment from the second compartment. As an example, a user retrieves unused tissue papers from the first compartment, uses the tissue papers, and then disposes the used tissue papers into the second compartment. A tissue box is thereby provided wherein the fresh tissues or napkins are pulled out from the top, used, and inserted back through a bottom opening. The used tissues are not contained in any manner. Multiple slots in the bottom of the tissue box tend to allow protrusion of soiled tissues promoting their contact with others.

US Patent Publication No. 2006/0000843 to Stubbs discloses a tissue supply and waste disposal system. This tissue supply and waste disposal system is adapted for use in connection with facial tissue boxes. The system involves an extendable rail that either telescopingly extends from a side wall or swings from a top surface of the tissue box for supporting a disposable used-tissue receiving bag. In the fully or partially extended position, the rail supports three sides of the opening of the tissue receiving bag, a predetermined supply of which may be provided internally or externally to the tissue box for the convenience of the user, and sized and dimensioned to receive a selected number of used tissues commensurate with known human usage patterns. The receiving bag may be closed by collapsing the extendable rail against its opposing tissue box wall or top surface of the tissue box, for subsequent use, or alternatively, may be disposed of in its entirety as desired either when the bag is substantially filled up or when an external trash receptacle becomes available, all the while retaining the used waste tissues and preventing undesirable trash, while protecting all surrounding persons from a potentially unhygienic exposure to the used tissues. The waste disposal is attached to the top of the box by a slidable U frame in which a disposal bag is hung. The bag is open to receive used tissue. Soiled tissue may equally well fall off from the waste disposal bag, contacting others. Individual tissues are not contained by the system to prevent contact with others.

Internet publication “Wooden Tissue Box” at http://www.shop.com/op/˜Wooden_Tissue_Box-prod-12969528 discloses a wooden tissue box. This generously sized wooden vanity box not only holds a large box of tissues, but also has two more drawers for bath necessities-cotton balls or swabs, and hair or nail accessories. It has wooden knobs and rubber feet. 11″ L×6½″ W×9″ H. This wooden tissue box does not receive or contain used tissues.

Notwithstanding many advances in the field of tissue dispensers and containers for used tissues, none of the prior art devices disclose or suggest means for securing individually soiled tissues to prevent their contact with others and consequent spread of bacteria, viruses and other infectious germs.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is provides a system for dispensing and sanitizing disposed tissues. In particular, the system has a tissue box comprising a tissue dispenser unit as well as a bag dispenser. The bag dispenser unit houses a plurality of disposal bags containing a perforated edge that serves to free the disposal bags, one at a time, for receiving a consumed tissue. Each bag, when freed, receives an individually consumed tissue and is folded or inserted in a second bag prior to disposal, thereby encasing an individually consumed tissue immediately after use and preventing contact of the consumed tissue with others. This containment prevents spreading of diseases such as colds and any other easily transmitted viral, bacterial or fungal diseases when the bag, containing the soiled tissue, is discarded in a trash bin.

Generally stated, the Tissue Disposal System broadly comprises: (i) a tissue box having a removable tabbed slot comprising a bag dispenser unit; (ii) the bag dispenser unit further comprising an interior bag receiver for housing a plurality of disposal bags in the form of a roll, a disposal bag feed slot, and a disposal bag release portion, arranged so that said disposal bags traverse from said interior bag receiver and enter said disposal bag feed slot and further traverse through said disposal bag release portion; (ii) each of said disposal bags further comprising at least one perforated sealed edge, a end portion, an opening rim, and a containment portion. The containment of the bag with a soiled tissue is accomplished by folding the end portion of the bag that is sufficiently long in length or by inserting the end portion opening of the bag within the end portion opening of the next bag. In an alternate embodiment, the bags are arranged individually within the interior bag receiver instead of being in a roll.

The passage of germs and viruses from used tissues commonly occurs in households. Individuals oftentimes have-a tendency to place used tissues on a night stand or table, or other surface, intending to throw them away later. The tissue disposal apparatus and system of this invention provides a plurality of disposal bags integrated within a tissue box and conveniently removable therefrom. A user simply removes a tissue and a disposal bag so that the tissue, once used, is readily placed within the disposal bag. After the soiled tissue has been placed in the bag, the bag is readily sealed by way of the sealing portion, so that the spreading of germs from the soiled tissue is mitigated.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

The invention will be more fully understood and further advantages will become apparent when reference is had to the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments of the invention and the accompanying drawing, in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a schematic view of a soiled tissue disposal apparatus;

FIG. 2a illustrates the disposal bag being taken out of the tissue disposal apparatus;

FIG. 2b illustrates a disposal bag containing soiled tissues and its containment within the bag according to the first embodiment of the invention; and

FIG. 2c illustrates a disposal bag containing soiled tissues and its containment within a second bag according to the second embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Used tissues inherently pose a serious problem, contaminating others with germs such as bacteria, viruses or fungi when a used tissue is handled during disposal. For example, a used tissue is routinely discarded in a waste paper bin wherein the used tissue contacts the waste bin internal surfaces. A person getting rid of the contents of the waste bin may contract a used tissue and get infected by this contact. Since the interior surface of the waste paper bin is also contaminated, persons handling the waste paper bin may be unaware of the potential infection hazard. Bacteria, fungi and other viruses remain active for a long time, especially when moisture is present such as in a soiled tissue.

This invention relates to a used tissue disposal system that prevents contact of consumed tissue with other persons, thereby substantially eliminating spread of infectious germs. The consumed tissue is immediately contained in a low-cost plastic bag and discarded immediately or at a later time in a trash bin. The system comprises a tissue dispenser, together with a plastic bag dispenser. The plastic bag dispenser may have a variety of configurations, such as (i) a roll, (ii) folded continuous sheets, or (iii) multiple discrete sheets. Each bag has three edges sealed and one edge that is open. The plastic bag may have a length that is 2 to 3 times its width so that the bag can be folded immediately after insertion of a consumed tissue. Due to the bag's extended length and relatively short width, the consumed tissue does not readily fall out. Consequently, the bag may be discarded in a trash bin or stored in a pocketbook, bag, wastebasket or other containment means, for later disposal. In the second embodiment, the open end of the first bag that contains the used tissue is inserted into the open end of the next bag from the plastic bag dispenser. Since the opening of the second bag covers the first bag, the consumed tissue is entirely contained within the first bag and is prevented from contact with other persons in the immediate vicinity.

This system provides for containment of one or more tissues immediately after use. Accordingly, the potential for exposing other persons to germs that may be present in the consumed tissue is substantially reduced. The first embodiment of the invention uses plastic bags with easy to tear perforations in a roll or folded sets of sheets that are approximately 2 to 3 times as long as its width. Due to its longer length, the bag can be folded, so that the consumed tissues do not easily come out of the bag. This approach is uncomplicated and does not require the presence of adhesive sealing means or tongue and groove attachments, which are relatively expensive. Furthermore, plastic bags that have a tongue and groove attachment or an adhesive sealing mechanism cannot be easily rolled and readily dispensed. The adhesive layer is sticky and tends to present dispensing problems. Tongue and groove attachments increase the thickness of the plastic bag, and prevent the plastic bag roll from being smooth or flat. The second embodiment of the invention utilizes the opening of a second bag to contain the opening of a first bag that contains the consumed tissue. Each of these approaches represents a low cost solution to the problem of containing consumed tissues.

Referring to FIG. 1 there is shown an illustration of the schematic arrangement of the used tissue disposal apparatus. The used tissue disposal apparatus, shown generally at 10, is integrated within tissue box 11. Tissue box 11 includes side walls 12, top 13, back wall 14, front wall 15, and bottom 16 and a removable bag dispenser unit 20 comprising a tabbed slot 24. Top 13 of tissue box 11 further includes tissue dispenser 17 adapted to dispense tissue 18 therefrom. Tissue Disposal Apparatus 10 comprises a bag dispenser unit 20 having an interior bag receiver 23 for housing a plurality of disposal bags 31, a disposal bag feed slot 21, and a disposal bag release portion 22. Preferably, the tissue box 11 is extended in width by approximately ¼ to ½ inches, so that the tissue box 11 is wide enough to accommodate bag dispenser unit 20, et sequentia.

FIGS. 2a illustrates at 30 the disposal bag being taken out of the tissue disposal apparatus. Disposal bags released from the unit in FIG. 2a are shown generally at 30. Tissue box 11 is shown with side walls 12, top 13, back wall 14, front wall 15, and bottom 16. Top 13 of tissue box 11 further includes tissue dispenser 17 adapted to dispense tissue 18 therefrom. Bag dispenser unit 20 is provided with an interior bag receiver 23 housing a plurality of disposal bags 31. Each of the disposal bags 31 traverses from interior bag receiver 23 and enters disposal bag feed slot 21 to traverse through disposal bag release portion 22, so that a user can readily grab disposable bags 31, shown as 31a and 31b. Each of the disposal bags 31, 31a, 31b, and the like, includes at least one perforated edge 32, an end portion 35, an opening rim 36, and a containment portion 34. The user pulls on the nearest disposal bag 31a and, where the arrows indicate, applies pressure so that the perforated edge 32 is severed, freeing the disposal bag 31b from the disposal bags 31, 31b, and the like.

FIG. 2b illustrates at 40 a disposal bag containing used tissues and its containment within the bag according to the first embodiment of the invention. As illustrated the tissue 18 is consumed to yield consumed tissue 18a. The consumed tissue 18a is placed within disposal bag 31 having end portion 35 and substantially sealed therewithin by folding containment portion 34 along the fold line. Containment of the consumed tissue is thus accomplished by folding the plastic bag, which is approximately 2 to 3 times as long as its width.

FIG. 2c illustrates generally at 40 a disposal bag containing used tissues and its containment within the bag and this bag is contained within a second plastic bag according to the second embodiment of the invention. As illustrated, tissue 18 is consumed to yield consumed tissue 18a. The consumed tissue 18a is placed within disposal bag 31 having end portion 35 and substantially sealed therewithin by folding containment portion 34 along the fold line. Containment of the consumed tissue is thus accomplished by folding the plastic bag, which is approximately 2 to 3 times as long as its width. This folded bag 31 is contained within a second plastic bag 36. This bag is folded along the fold line 37 to contain the plastic bag 31 with the used tissue 18a.

The tissue disposal apparatus and system comprises, in combination, the following salient features:

i) an apparatus for dispensing and sanitizing disposed tissues having a tissue dispensing portion and a containment bag dispensing portion;

ii) said containment bag being in the form of a roll with perforations between bags or in the form of a stack of individual bags;

iii) the containment bag having three edges sealed and a single edge open to receive consumed tissue, thereby allowing the user to consume a single tissue and immediately insert the consumed tissue into the opening of the containment bag;

iv) the containment bag being adapted to be folded, and having a length to width ratio in the range of 2 to 3, thereby facilitating containment of the consumed tissue or having a first bag opening adapted for insertion into a second bag to facilitate containment of the consumed tissue,

whereby said bag is appointed for disposal in a trash bin in a condition wherein contact of used tissue with other persons is substantially prevented.

Having thus described the invention in rather full detail, it will be understood that such detail need not be strictly adhered to, but that additional changes and modifications may suggest themselves to one skilled in the art, all falling within the scope of the invention as defined by the subjoined claims.