Clean Green Future Wales targets absorbent hygiene waste

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Wales uses around 200 million nappies a year and over half a million each day

Wales has established a Dyfodol Gwyrdd Glân/Clean Green Future project team to find ways to tackle the country’s absorbent hygiene product (AHP) waste.

The team is a collaboration between Welsh local authorities and the Welsh government and will work to develop affordable recycling and sustainable treatment options for AHPs.

It builds on recent efforts by some local authorities to recycle AHPs.

The project invites businesses with ideas for managing AHP waste to attend an Industry Day on 20 January.

It is estimated that there are around 40,000 tonnes of AHPs, including disposable nappies and incontinence products, in Wales’s waste stream.

The country uses around 200 million nappies a year and over half a million a day, and AHPs account for around 9% of black bag/bin kerbside waste.

Providing a recycling or sustainable treatment option for offensive waste such as AHPs could lead to a reduction in the frequency of residual waste collections, which would help Wales towards its goal of becoming a zero-waste nation by 2050.

Nigel Wheeler, senior responsible officer for the Dyfodol Gwyrdd Glân/Clean Green Future project, said: “There have been a number of innovative advancements in the way AHP 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 AHP waste into 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.”

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