Hygienix: Keeping diaper waste out of landfil...

Keeping diaper waste out of landfills

(Source: Hygienix)
(Source: Hygienix)

The hygienics industry is declaring a new era of possibilities to turn disposables into compostable and circular – and this is the main focus at the Hygienix 2022. This year’s big topics: sustainable inputs, natural fibers, product transparency – and a deep dive into who’s shopping for sustainable products versus who’s actually buying them. The 4-day event of full immersion in the future of hygienic products, takes place in New Orleans, LA/USA from November 14-17, 2022.
Recycling approaches for disposable diaper waste will be the theme for conference speaker Jeannine Cardin from RecycPHP Inc., Drummondville/Canada.
RecycPHP’s mission for over 15 years has been to give a second life to the industrial rejects in disposable absorbent products such as baby diapers, incontinence and feminine hygiene products.
Knowing the actual volume and potential growth in the market for those products in the future, especially for baby diapers, there is a need and pressure from the population to find a more environmentally friendly end of life for those products than sending them to landfills.
Some of the “3R” are just not possible for those products. Reduce in terms of thinness is already almost at the limit. Reuse is not an option for hygienic reasons and most diapers are used at a few percent of their capacity so, increasing the capacity will not make the consumption much lower. Recuperation is not applicable.
Recycling used baby diapers seems to be at first thought to be a difficult path. One of the biggest challenges is to have a safe and economical collection and transportation of used diapers for the parents. Managing odor, liquid and bacteria growth while stocking and transporting urine and feces containing diapers is difficult.
RecycPHP has started a project with l’École de technologie superieure of the University of Montreal/Canada in order to overcome difficulties of used diapers recycling from stockage, collection, transportation to our facility for separation of components. A system that could be used by parents would dry and sanitize diapers in order to stock and transport safe and lighter products.

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