Carbon footprint of reusable vs disposable nappies

MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Has the London Waste and Recycling Board carried out a carbon footprint analysis of reusable nappies compared to single-use disposable nappies? If not, will you?


Carbon footprint of reusable vs disposable nappies

Carbon footprint of reusable vs disposable nappies

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my London Environment Strategy, I have focussed on reducing the carbon impact of waste by setting an Emissions Performance Standard for local authority waste activities. This addresses the major sources of lifecycle carbon emissions of waste and promotes the most carbon effective routes for waste treatment. As nappies make up a smaller proportion of household waste than dry recyclables or food waste LWARB, who act in conformity with my Strategy, are focusing on waste reduction and the recycling of core materials alongside supporting SMEs to develop reusable and recyclable products.

The London Environment Strategy also states that waste authorities generating energy from waste must meet a separate emissions performance known as the Carbon Intensity Floor (CIF).  Meeting the CIF ensures that energy from waste facilities should only manage truly non-recyclable waste and maximise the use of both the heat and power generated.