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Nappies: Recycling

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has he made of the possibility of recycling disposable nappies.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government has asked the Waste and Resources Action Programme to carry out an assessment of difficult to recycle materials including disposable nappies and this report will be published shortly. I have met Proctor and Gamble who have developed a technology to recycle nappies and understand they are in discussions with several local authorities to establish a facility in the UK. We want to encourage more recycling and to make it easier for households to recycle and will say more about how we will do this in our forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy.

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