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Time to get happy with nappy composting

OCS/Cannon Hygiene is applying New Zealand's composting know-how to the UK's disposable nappy problem. Katie Coyne reports

Hospital furniture refurbishment and reuse waste could drive significant savings in disposal costs and avoided procurement costs

Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?

Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.

A national wish list for waste prevention

In light of the Government's recently published waste prevention programme, Eunomia has produced a short waste prevention wish list - simple measures which could make a real difference

Scottish trials suggest 'strong business case' for nappy recycling

Scotland may press forth with nappy waste recycling despite continuing questions over how economically viable the process is in the UK.

Economics of nappy recycling questioned as UK's only plant closes

The future of nappy waste recycling in the UK appears uncertain despite plans for a new treatment facility to come on-stream later in the year.

Cheshire's nappy recycling expertise wanted Down Under

The first local authority in England to offer residents a dedicated weekly nappy recycling service has scaled new heights in its drive to divert the absorbent hygiene waste from landfill.

Defra Waste Prevention Plan call for evidence due early 2013

Defra has confirmed it will launch a "call for evidence" early next year to inform policy direction on the forthcoming Waste Prevention Programme for England.

Careful planning can reduce leftovers

WLWA influences consumer behaviour to cut food waste

West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports

Bags of AHPs are collected for shredding at Knowaste's pilot recycling facility in the West Midlands

UK set for nappy recycling revolution

Disposable nappies, incontinent pads and feminine hygiene products will have a new life as plastic bins and pet litter thanks to a new recycling facility planned for West London.

Meeting the private sewer challenge

Water and sewerage companies need to prepare for the imminent Private Sewers Transfer, Martyn Hopkinson, WaSC development & operational director at UK Drainage Network, explains how

VIDEO: Knowaste opens first of six recycling plants in UK

A pioneering new waste recycling facility that processes nappies and other absorbent hygiene products (AHP) has opened in the West Midlands - making it the first of its kind in the UK, with a proposed five more in the pipeline.

UK's first nappy composting plant set to open next year

A facility which uses pioneering technology from New Zealand to compost disposable nappies is set to open next year.

Thames Water warns of 'sewer abuse' as network increases by 60%

Changes to Defra regulations by the Government will see Thames Water's sewer network increase by around 60% from 1 October 2011.

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B & V Water develops revolutionary water system

B & V Water has created what it calls a 'revolutionary' alternative water supply system.

NI Water blames the public for blockages

NI Water has been fined £2,000 for polluting a major river, but blamed the public for blocking the pumps.

Washable nappies could save Londoners millions and use less carbon

London households 'waste' around £20million a year throwing away tonnes of disposable nappies, according to research out today (March 14).

Unwanted food: an issue for the MWDA

Merseysiders bin 2,000 tonnes of food a week

Food waste represents nearly a third of all rubbish thrown in bins by householders across Merseyside and Halton, according to a new report by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA).

Nappy waste to make roofing tiles

Roof tiles will soon be made from recycled nappies when the Birmingham Knowaste plant opens

Bradshaw causes stink over nappies

There is 'little to no difference' in terms of environmental impact when it comes to choosing between cloth and disposable nappies, the former waste Minister has suggested.

Guidance will boost real nappy users

A guidebook for healthcare professionals outlining the case for real nappies and advice for professional laundry services have been launched in an effort to reduce the mountains of waste produced by disposable nappies.

Real nappies move from 'niche to mainstream'

In the run up to Real Nappy Week anti-waste campaigners are trying to persuade busy parents that cloth nappies are an easy alternative to disposables.

Fiona Maddocks, waste minimisation officer and Jenny Baker, Cottontails real nappy laundry service at the roadshow in Piccadilly Gardens with some examples of the real nappies available

Real nappies celebrated

The arguments in favour of washable, reusable nappies have been brought to the public eye in Manchester as the city took part in the promotion of Real Nappy Week.

The environmental benefits of real nappies remain controversial

Parents urged to ditch disposable nappies

Parents around the world are being encouraged to opt for reusable nappies in a week long publicity campaign.

Magnificent seven

An enterprising partnership between seven local authorities may become a national model of best practice as recycling rates soar across the area

Green babies should get council nappy cash

Leaders of local government are calling for a wider adoption of schemes that reward the pockets of parents prepared to use real nappies.

Mums to get together to talk pants

A coffee morning focusing on the benefits of washable nappies is to be held south of London next week.

Great nappy debate to get its own conference

In May an EA-sponsored report claimed there was little or no difference between disposable and reuseable nappies when it came to their environmental impact.

Nappy clash leaves consumers confused

A study comparing the environmental cost of reusable and disposable nappies has been condemned as flawed by the Women's Environmental Network.

UK Business Briefs: renewable energy, sustainable development, water, air and nappies

In this week’s UK Business Briefs: Shell has announced that it is to promote sustainable development to the energy industry; a new wood strategy in the West Midlands; five new members of the Government’s Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards; a landfill tax grant for real nappies; another water company is up-for-grabs; possible assistance for Iraq from a UK software company; and environmentally friendly golf cars and mowers.

Michael Meacher launches Real Nappy Week

Real nappies on display

Real Nappy Week saw the launch of a colourful exhibition of eco-friendly nappies at the Greater London Assembly.

Letter from the Editor: what budget?

I have just been reminded that we haven’t yet written a story about the Budget this week. There is a simple explanation for this: from an environmental point of view it was entirely forgettable. Fortunately, there are some more memorable stories this week, such as Michael Meacher coming face to face with a wide selection of non-disposable nappies. There’s also advice about brownfields, climate change as a business opportunity, and food prices are predicted to go up as the water tables go down.

UK Business Briefs: biofuel, software, nappies, and glass recycling

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, supermarket chain Tesco starts selling biodiesel and LPG; the launch of improved software for modelling water supply and collection; the Women’s Environmental Network has won its appeal against a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority, by proving that reusable nappies are better for the environment than disposable ones; and landfill tax credits are being used to fund research into the use of recycled glass for water filtration.

2002: A year of Asian waste streams and new uses for old materials

Japan led 2002 with new technology and strategies for recycling, while the US practice of shipping electronic waste to China was challenged by campaign groups. New uses for soybean oil, old tyres, nappies and flyash were developed by scientists, while eco-design was hailed as the solution to growing mountains of old mobile phones and TVs.

Nappy recycling programme could spell end to problem of 500-year decomposition rate

A six-month pilot programme in the Californian city of Santa Clarita is recycling used nappies, producing fibre pulp for products such as wallpaper and oil filters, and plastics for materials such as plastic lumber.

Disposable nappies a ‘no no’

Real nappies – those that can be used again and again – cost less, both financially and environmentally, and are no more difficult or messy to use than disposable nappies, so says the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN). As part of Real Nappy Week 2002, organised by WEN’s Real Nappy Project, campaigners around the country have been promoting the benefits of reducing the three billion disposable nappies thrown away in the UK each year.

Agenda 21 events celebrate the ‘quiet revolution’

The Shell Better Britain Campaign (SBBC), an organisation that promotes community participation in sustainable development activities around the UK is celebrating ten years of Agenda 21 with a series of events aimed at assisting projects and preparing for the Rio+10 conference in Johannesburg.

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