Have you ever wondered what happens to nappies and incontinence waste once these disposable products are thrown away? Read our blog below for some insights into the journey of the nappy, and advice on responsible disposal solutions for childcare or old age facilities.
Sustainable waste disposal
If you run a business that is generating more nappy waste than a domestic household - such as a creche, a pre-school, an old age home, or even a shopping mall with baby change stations - you are no longer permitted to dispose of that nappy waste via your municipal rubbish bins.
This is because nappy waste - when generated in large enough volumes - is deemed to be hazardous waste, which means that if handled incorrectly, it would have a detrimental impact on health and the environment (it’s raw sewage, after all).
The journey of the nappy
This is the sad reality of what happens when nappies are thrown away via the municipal waste stream.
How to dispose of adult nappies and incontinence products
Large volumes of nappy waste therefore require careful handling, collection, packaging, temporary storage, transportation and ultimately disposal in order to ensure that both public health and the environment are protected.
Initial can help - talk to the experts
Initial is a registered waste carrier and can offer your business a safe and hygienic nappy bin service to ensure that nappy waste is disposed of in accordance with legislative guidelines.
Initial provides modern, high-capacity nappy bins with a concealed liner retainer, ensuring that the bag is not visible from outside the unit, which is collected on a regular basis.
All nappy waste is disposed of in accordance with municipal regulations for hazardous waste, which means that it is disposed of in Class B Hazardous sites which are not accessible to waste pickers, and are treated to prevent contamination of ground water.
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