Recycling solutions sought for hygiene products in Wales


CLEAN, Green, Future for Wales project seeks help in developing treatment and recycling solutions to items such as disposable nappies.

The ‘Dyfodol Gwyrdd Glân’ ‘Clean Green Future’ project team has been established on behalf of Welsh Local Authorities in collaboration with the Welsh Government and they are seeking to procure an affordable and sustainable treatment and recycling solution for Absorbent Hygiene Product waste in Wales.

Nigel Wheeler, Senior Responsible Officer for the project, said: “This innovative project, is working with and on behalf of all Welsh Local Authorities and the Welsh Government to develop and deliver an affordable, sustainable treatment and recycling solution for absorbent hygiene product waste in Wales.

“There has been a number of innovative advancements in the way absorbent hygiene product waste is managed in recent years and the main aim of this project is to work with and engage with businesses to use and enhance these to turn absorbent hygiene product waste in to a valuable resource.

“This can only be done by developing treatment and recycling solutions from what has previously been seen as a solid waste disposal issue – resulting in a reduced carbon impact for Wales.

“As a nation it is vital that we work together to develop a Clean, Green, Future for Wales so that we can meet the Welsh Government target of becoming a Zero-Waste nation by 2030.”

It is estimated that there is around 40,000 tonnes of Absorbent Hygiene Products, which include disposable nappies and incontinence products, in the waste stream in Wales.

This equates to a staggering 200 million nappies a year in Wales and over half a million a day.

Removing the putrescent and offensive waste components e.g. food waste and absorbent hygiene product products could lead the way to facilitate the opportunity to improve recycling rates, reduce the frequency of residual waste collections and support the green economy by creating employment within Wales.

A number of Welsh local authorities have been ‘recycling’ their Absorbent Hygiene Products for a few years and this project now aims to build on this and take it to the next level by providing a sustainable all Wales treatment and recycling solution that Councils’ in Wales can utilise.

The project is inviting businesses who can offer innovative approaches to Absorbent Hygiene Products waste management, to come forward and attend a special Industry Day on Monday 20th January 2020.

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