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Councils seek assurances over nappy recycling

Specialist recycling company Knowaste is in talks with councils over setting up long-term contracts, after it announced a return to the UK to build an absorbent hygiene product (AHP) facility.

Knowaste suddenly abandoned an AHP facility it set up in West Bromwich in 2013, leaving a number of councils in disarray over their nappy recycling schemes.

Although at the time the company said it would find another site within three months, it has taken until now for a new facility to be announced.

A spokesperson said Knowaste was aiming to expand to seven sites across the UK within the next five years.

He added: “We are in conversations with local authorities, and commitment plays a big part. In terms of contracts, we are in discussions for seven- and 10-year contracts, and with commercial partners for three to five-year contracts.”

Andrew Bird, chair of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, told MRW: “It is good to hear that a recycling operation for nappies will be provided again in the UK.

“However I am sure local authorities will want reassurance that the operation is sustainable and remains so for years to come, particularly if they are looking for long-term contractual arrangements.”

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