Nappy Waste Collection 🧷🚮: Whether you are in a house or in a business, always expect nappies. But after use, where should we put it? And how do we dispose of it? Let me discuss it with you.

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A bit about Waster

Before we continue our topic on Waster’s nappy waste collection, let me share with you more information about Waster itself.

We here at Waster provide innovative solutions for your and your business’s waste management and recycling needs. Furthermore, we provide flexible, 30-day contracts instead of the typical lock-in contracts, which proves to be better.

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Why you need a nappy waste collection service in your premises

Hygiene matters. Whether it be your own body or literally anything else, it is always important to maintain cleanliness. But I’ll focus more on keeping good hygiene around premises like a washroom in a house or in a business. How do we make sure to keep those clean? Obviously, that is by availing a nappy waste collection service!

Why do you need such services? Let me explain.


Mother Disposing Of Baby Wipe In Bin


Importance of nappy waste disposal: the negatives of not having a nappy disposal bin

For houses and businesses alike to have a hygienic washroom, nappy waste bins should be installed. Having a dirty comfort room might lead to:

  • Unpleasant experience in your own home – seriously speaking, who would want to have a bathroom full of soiled nappies? I would not. As such, it is important to have a nappy waste bin and collection in order to maintain a bathroom’s cleanliness. See our blog on female sanitary bins.
  •  Contracting different kinds of diseases – having a dirty washroom equates to negative health effects for people. As many of us know, toilets and washrooms are breeding places for germs and bacterias. Catching them may result in contracting diseases like UTI (urinary tract infection), STI (sexually transmitted infections), and much more adverse effects. All of this could be avoided with proper sanitation.
  • Lose customers – you read that right! If you are a business owner, having a dirty washroom may result in you losing customers. In fact, this may not only make you customers, but it may also make you lose some workers, too. Being a good business owner means looking out for the needs of the people around you, and in this case, making sure to avail a nappy waste collection service that benefits you, the workers, and the customers. See our blog on Zero Waste Restaurant – and how it can help keep more customers for your business!


The big nappy waste problem in Australia

This negative gets its own section based on how important it is to tackle.

Put simply, the problem is huge. According to Sustainability Victoria:

A staggering 3.75 million disposable nappies are used each day in Australia and New Zealand, and it takes about one cup of crude oil to make each nappy. This is a lot of landfill, with conventional disposable nappies estimated to take up to 150 years to break down.”

By Waster’s back of an envelope calculation, that would mean c. 1.4 billion nappies going to landfill every year.

This category can also include similar items know as Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP) – which includes:

  • Disposable diapers or nappies (diapers for North American)
  • Adult incontinence products – pads and pants
  • Feminine hygiene products

The problem is that nappies and similar products are made from a number of commodities such as “fibres to absorb moisture, super absorbent polymers to retain moisture and plastic membranes and tabs to keep the user dry and secure.


Answering the question on nappy waste collection and recycling

Truthfully speaking, yes. Processes are already in place in other countries.

An example is Knowaste.

From their website, they state: “Knowaste originates from North America and since the 1990s has been researching and developing technologies for recycling absorbent hygiene products (AHPs). In 2011, Knowaste became the UK’s first company to recycle AHPs when it opened a treatment facility in West Bromwich, Midlands to prove the concept of AHP recycling.”

Knowaste explains that they can separate and recycle plastic components for product manufacturing, recycling bins made of plastic, composite materials replacing steel, wood, and concrete, as well as pet litter and bedding, cardboard industrial tubing. This also includes fillers in the construction and road-building sector.

But what about in Australia? We answer that below.


Can you recycle nappies in Australia?

A company called Relivit was raising funds and has partnered with businesses such as Kimberley Clark and other nappy and incontinence pad manufactures to open a plant in Australia.

According to the AFR:

“Relivit holds a licence for Australasia for the technology used by northern hemisphere company Knowaste, which runs absorbent hygiene products recycling plants in several countries including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. “

“He said the technology enables around 95 per cent of absorbent hygiene waste to be recovered through a process where the used nappies and pads are sterilised and then processed to reclaim most of the core components including paper fibre, plastic and super absorbent polymer. Those products are then used in other industries such as construction, outdoor furniture, agriculture and animal bedding and litter.”


When was Relivit expected to come online and why was it postponed?

We certainly need this project. However, this project has been be paused and ultimately stopped for quite some time already:

We quote from as below:

“In 2014, Kimberly-Clark announced it was backing start-up company Relivit, which was attempting to raise $10 million to set up Australia’s first disposable nappy recycling plant in Nowra.”

“The plans were abandoned in 2016, however, after the venture failed to attract sufficient funding. Relivit’s former managing director, Mark Dunn, said it was disappointing.”

“We had arranged a grant from the NSW Government for about $1.3 million, we needed about another $5 million from financial markets to get the plant up and running,” he said. “Unfortunately we were not able to do that.”

“Mr Dunn said Relivit had a “huge reception” from its customer base and would have had 10,000 tonnes of nappies ready to recycle at launch. “The financial markets at the time had other priorities,” he said.”


Can you recycle nappies Australia


DiaperRecycle: a good nappy recycling solution

Meanwhile, we have the only active, up and running nappy recycling company in Australia called DiaperRecycle. Subscribing to their services will ensure that you will achieve the following:

  • keep your disposable nappies out of landfill
  • reduce the amount of emissions caused by nappies in landfill
  • be a part of the only nappy recycling program in Australia
  • help save the Earth

How does this all work? It is quite simple. For Metro Melbourne VIC residents (but of course, with plans to expand to different Australian places in the future), this is how the disposable nappy recycling program works:

  1. Households* sign up for a weekly fee of $9.95 incl GST, for a week’s worth of diapers.
  2. The fee is paid every 4 weeks in advance, from the week your collection starts.
  3. Put the waste nappies out on your property on your collection day.
  4. DiaperRecycle collects your waste nappies from your home fortnightly, on your regular day and time.

For more information, we highly encourage you to check out their website that we have linked above.


What can the government do in this regard?

We have written recently on the draft National Plan for Recycling in Australia.

Basically, a joined-up national plan is required. And, we think this would be a great project to really make an impact on plastic waste and pollution.

Everyone recognises that recycling nappies should be a priority; the funding required is not huge.

Furthermore, the State Governments collect millions of dollars in landfill levies every year – up to $146 a tonne in Sydney for dumping at landfill. We all know how heavy nappies can be.

After the plastic bag ban, this should be the next step!


Positives of having baby diaper bins

As I always say, in every bad, there also comes good. As a result, I present to you the positive effects of having a nappy waste disposal service:

  • Help the environment – it is a bad practice to dispose of soiled nappies in general waste bins. By availing a nappy waste collection service, you help ensure that nappies are well-disposed of and treated. Additionally, you can help divert nappies from landfill, as it is stated that nappies can indeed be recycled. You can help fight off disposable nappy pollution, which is said to create about 2,000 lbs (or a little bit over 900 kg) of waste pollution in only 2 years.
  • Maintain cleanliness in a washroom – nothing beats going into a washroom to relieve yourself – and seeing it squeaky clean. Purchasing a nappy waste bin not only makes the washroom experience pleasant but it also makes it much better to look at compared to used disposable nappies cluttered in a general waste bin.
  • Controls unpleasant odours – obviously, soiled nappies produce a strong, foul smell. As such, it is of the utmost importance to properly dispose of and treat them.


What about nappy bins for nurseries?

The nursery produces more nappy waste than those I have mentioned above. Nurseries, after all, houses more children than those of homes. As a result, it is very important to have a commercial nappy bin service to regulate waste management in nurseries. Read our blog on waste management in childcare for more information on daycares, nurseries, childcare, etc practising proper waste management.


Adult nappy bins?

The business itself does not have to revolve around small children to purchase a diaper storage bin. In fact, aged care and special needs facilities must also purchase nappy bin services. The elderly and special needs people, after all, needs as much care as they can get, much like small children. As a result, they will also produce nappy waste. So, it is a must to have an adult nappy bin service for your business.

For more information regarding this, check out our blog on waste management in aged care facilities.

We can, therefore, conclude that many sectors need the nappy waste collection service. This includes childcare, aged care, special needs care, and healthcare, as well.


Partnering up with Waster

You will never have to worry about the negative effects I have stated above if you avail Waster’s nappy waste collection services for your home or business! How does Waster’s nappy waste bins compare to others? Here, I state you the features of our bins:

  • Hygienic bins thoroughly cleaned and sanitised by us
  • Easily moved bins
  • Different kinds of sizes and colours suitable for your home or business
  • Scented bins to ensure the absence of unpleasant odours caused by soiled nappies
  • Strong nappy waste bags that does not tear easily

So, you have to avail the best diaper bin provider in Australia: Waster!

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Why you should pick Waster for your nappy waste collection

If your business is based on Australia, partnering up with Waster will prove to be beneficial for your business. Here, I enumerate to you what we bring to the table in terms of providing quality waste management services.

  1. You pay exactly what you asked for – and not a dollar more! For your waste management and recycling needs, avail our flexible, 30-day contracts instead of those long, unproductive, and hidden fee-containing lock-in contracts.
  2. Designed for small and medium businesses – we help you reduce cost while boosting recycling. That’s a win-win situation!
  3. On-time and reliable – we provide fully-accredited logistics and facility operators. By saying so, we ensure the safety and efficiency of our services.

Additionally, in the waste management industry, problems are bound to rise – like in any other businesses. If such problems arise in regards to our service, you can talk to our friendly customer service team!


Nappy waste collection: conclusion

As I have stated above, you will never have to worry about your baby’s soiled nappies in your house, if you are a parent caring for a child.

From a business standpoint, we can assure you that your washrooms, nurseries, and aged care and special needs facilities are always taken care of and maintained with the purchase of our nappy waste collection services. Our sealed and odourless nappy bin services are here to fulfil your waste management needs!

Also, purchasing such services at Waster ensures the following:

  • Paying exactly what you asked for
  • Flexible, 30-day contracts
  • Capable customer services ready to help you with your needs in case of mishaps

Do you need a large nappy bin? Or do you need a small nappy bin? Whichever it is you need, Waster will provide it for you!


Waster: more things you need to know

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Furthermore, please call 1300 WASTER (1300 927 837), or email us at if you have any further questions.