Two councils are set to introduce nappy recycling collections after winning funding from Eric Pickles’ bin fund.
Councils in Sandwell and Luton plan to begin services for absorbent hygiene products (AHP) with cash from the Weekly Collection Support Scheme.
Luton will use its £10.8m award from the Government for kerbside nappy collections for an estimated 7,000 residents.
Dave Taylor, the council’s portfolio holder for environment, said the scheme showed the council was at the cutting edge of waste collection.
“Disposable nappies make up around 10% of weekly residual waste in Luton, that’s some 4,000 tonnes annually,” he said. “By introducing an innovative and dedicated recycling service, we expect to further improve our recycling rates and avoid unnecessary landfill charges.”
The council said there would be “significant” savings from the scheme.
Other new services to be introduced to 77,500 Luton residents include extended recycling schemes for flats, and a recycling communications campaign. The three year funding will also help the council maintain its weekly residual waste collections.
Sandwell Council was awarded £1m from Pickles’ scheme, and will introduce AHP collections in the New Year. There will also be new collections for batteries and small electrical items, and a door-to-door recycling advice for residents.
AHP products collected by the councils will be recycled by Knowaste’s facility in Sandwell which uses autoclave technology to recover plastics and cardboard fibre.
The councils are among 85 chosen to receive cash from the DCLG’s £250m funding pot to support weekly collections.