About the Clean Green Future
Dyfodol Gwyrdd Glân Project
A unique all Wales partnership has been established to develop a treatment solution to a previously difficult to recycle sector.
It is estimated that there is around 40,000 tonnes of Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP), 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. A number of Welsh local authorities have been ‘recycling’ their Absorbent Hygiene Products for a few years and this project 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 ‘Dyfodol Gwyrdd Glân’, / ‘Clean Green Future’ project team has been established on behalf of Welsh Local Authorities in collaboration with the Welsh Government, that are seeking to procure an affordable and sustainable treatment and recycling solution for absorbent hygiene product waste in Wales.
Aiming to deliver sustainable infrastructure provision and the most economically and environmentally advantageous outcome for Wales as a whole.
Did You Know?
Absorbent Hygiene Products account for around 9% of the kerbside black bag/bin collections (collected residual waste).
A number of local authorities still collect AHP as part of their black bag/bin collections (residual waste stream) for disposal by landfilling or energy from waste treatment.
As a country we are looking to reduce, re-use and recycle as much as we can in a bid to become a Zero-Waste nation operating in a circular economy. As a result, local authorities together with the Welsh Government are seeking more affordable and sustainable solutions to waste management. By removing the putrescent and offensive waste components e.g. food waste and AHP products it could lead the way to facilitate the opportunity to reduce the frequency of residual waste collections.
There has been a number of innovative advancements in the way AHP waste is managed and the project aims to use these to develop this waste in to a valuable resource treatment and recycling solution from what has previously been seen as a solid waste disposal issue resulting in a reduced carbon impact for Wales.