The increase in the UK’s population to over 64.5 million people is put down, in part, to the fact the Office for National Statistics reports that 776,352 babies were born here in the 12 months to December 2014 compared with just 570,341 deaths.

While birth rates may be falling slightly, babies are responsible for more than 8 million nappies being thrown away every day in the UK. Or to put it another way, the creation of 3-4% of our household waste.  

carbon footprintIn fact, experts calculate that the average child in the UK uses 4.14 nappies every day, which means a baby will get through 3,796 nappies in the first two and a half years of life – the standard length of time before a child becomes potty trained.

But the number of nappies that get sent to landfill or incinerated could drop if plans for a £14m nappy recycling facility – the largest in the UK to date – get the green light from Hillingdon Council in West London.  

The plant, which would be built in Hayes, will be able to recycle at least 36,000 tones of absorbent hygiene products, such as disposable nappies and incontinence pads, each year if it opens in 2017.

According to the US firm behind the scheme, the new facility will use state-of-the-art recycling technology to turn 97% of the waste material delivered to the plant into fibre that is used to create pet litter.

It adds that the recycling of absorbent hygiene products at its plant in the West Midlands is the most sustainable solution for managing this type of waste, and can reduce a baby’s carbon footprint by 70% by saving that percentage of carbon dioxide emissions when compared with the usual disposal methods of landfill and incineration.

Materials recovery

As a skip hire broker, many of the firms that we work with to provide our domestic and commercial customers with a cost-effective and efficient skip hire service report that they find the odd nappy in the loads they take away.

While our partner skip hire firms are often unable to recycle absorbent hygiene products, they do take materials recovery very seriously.

Instead of taking a skip’s contents to a landfill site, it is transported to a materials recovery facility where up to 90% of its contents – including wood, plastics, textiles, bricks, concrete and cardboard – is separated and recycled.

The materials recovery process not only cuts the volume of waste sent to landfill, but it plays a significant role in reducing the amount of carbon emissions produced – a key target of the government’s Committee on Climate Change.

How skip hire firms shrink your carbon footprint

At most materials recycling facilities, waste is emptied and then sorted to recover the material that does not need to be sent to landfill, which is then segregated.   

The recovered segregated materials are then either processed further or baled ready to be transported for reuse.

Contacting ProSkips for an immediate quote means you will be able to dispose of your waste safe in the knowledge that up to 90% of the material is being recycled, helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

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