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Nappies: Recycling

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 22043, tabled on 24 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to implement the recommendations of the UN Environment Programme’s Life Cycle Initiative’s report on single-use nappies and their alternatives.

Answered on

29 June 2021

We are aware of the UN Environment Programme’s report which references a number of life cycle analyses on nappies from around the world, including the work carried out by the Environment Agency in the UK in 2005 and 2008.

As you know we are funding our own environmental assessment of disposable and washable absorbent hygiene products, with the primary focus on nappies, to bring the research for the UK up to date. The work will be published later this year, following peer review, and the sources of the information used will be included in the final report. Any future action on nappies by Government and industry will take into account this and any other relevant information.

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