Collection service turns nappies into reusable products

Greater Shepparton City Council has partnered with DiaperRecycle to process and recycle disposable nappy and incontinence product waste from residents.
Melbourne-based DiaperRecycle diverts used nappies and incontinence aids from landfill by recycling them into reusable plastic and cat litter, reducing environmental impact.

CEO of DiaperRecycle, Cynthia Barnicoat, highlighted the importance of their mission.

“Our mission is to do something about climate change, by keeping this waste out of landfill and therefore decreasing emissions. We are also reusing valuable materials that should not be wasted,” she said.

“We are excited about working with Greater Shepparton, a Council that is obviously very committed to decreasing waste and reaching net zero targets, and not just talking about it but doing it.”

The Nappy and Incontinence Aid Collection Service, introduced last year, aims to help residents manage waste volume in red lid bins.

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The service, with approximately 500 registered households and care centres, processes around 1,500 kg of waste per week, which contributes to Council and Victorian Government’s 2030 waste diversion goals.

Council’s Manager Resource Recovery, Liam Moller, said these achievements put them on track for future objectives.

“This is an outstanding contribution towards achieving both Council’s, and the Victorian Government’s, 2030 waste diversion objectives,” he said.

The Nappy and Incontinence Aid Collection Service is provided to residents as part of Council’s current waste services, but is separate to the regular kerbside bin collection.

For more information please visit Council’s website greatershepparton.com.au/nappy

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