Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched England’s first nappy recycling service.
The councils says the six-month pilot scheme is expected to recycle 25 tonnes of nappies every week. More than 1,300 households in the former Vale Royal area have signed up to the weekly Nappy-cycle service delivered by May Gurney.
Families have been given collection sacks and an outdoor storage container that will be emptied weekly and sent to nappy recycling facility Knowaste in West Bromwich.
Cheshire West assistant executive member Lynda Jones said: “For the first time, it offers parents and carers an environmentally-friendly disposal option that is also convenient and hygienic.
“We are very proud that the council is leading the way in tackling the enormous pressure the ‘nappy mountain’ puts on our landfill capacity.”
Cheshire West is the first English council to get a scheme off the blocks but an exclusive MRW analysis of bids to the Government’s £250m weekly collection support scheme revealed many more councils are lining up similar schemes.
Interest parties include Surrey waste partnership, which represents the county council and its 11 districts.
It has bid for cash to finance a free weekly collection of “smelly nappies and other absorbent hygiene products”.
Similar schemes are already running in Scotland and Wales.
A scheme launched in June will pilot a programme for up to 36,000 homes in Fife, Stirling, Perth and Kinross and North Lanarkshire to establish whether it is practical to offer a more widespread service in the future.
WRAP said the scheme, funded by Zero Waste Scotland, will make it easier for parents in the four pilot areas to do their bit for the environment by recycling some of the 450,000 nappies currently dumped every day in Scotland.