Questions about Nappy Composting

What is AHP waste?

Absorbent Hygiene Products comprises nappies, sanitary and incontinence products.

How much AHP waste is generated in the UK?

It is estimated that the UK produces over 600,000 tonnes of AHP waste each year, including 400,000 tonnes of nappies, all of which currently goes to landfill. Local Authorities estimate this as representing between 2% and 4% of landfill volumes.

What are the environmental benefits?

Envirocomp can help assist national and governing bodies in meeting their recycling targets in accordance with EU policy. The process also reduces the impact of landfill tax and landfill shortages

How is the AHP waste sorted?

Initially, we expect to process AHP waste that has been sorted at source, e.g. from crèches, from bathrooms in commercial premises and from adult care homes. At a later stage, we may look at offering other collection models, possibly including domestic collection.

Our OdourFree Guarantee™

Every effort is made to keep smells to a minimum. The plant is designed, installed and operated in a way which controls odours. This is underpinned by operating procedures, which minimise odour generation; containment by design and effective odour treatment.

Waste is received and shredded in an enclosed building with extractors, which draw air through them and discharge it to a biofilter. The composting is then conducted in a sealed vessel, using technology with an OdourFree Guarantee™. The compost itself has minimal odours.

Would it not be better for the environment for people to use washable, reusable nappies?

The facts are that 95% of nappies used in the UK are disposable. Our aim is to reduce the landfill they cause in an environmentally friendly way.

 Where will the UK plants be?

The location of plants is still to be decided, but it’s likely that they will be at existing waste processing facilities near urban centres, where there is a high concentration of AHP waste, or near the sites where the compost will be used.