A Melbourne Eco Start-Up Wants Your Used Baby Nappies

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Just when we thought we'd seen it all, innovation prevails and some super savvy eco-warriors have found a masterful way to recycle one of our most icky and abundant waste products. A collection service for used disposable nappies is here - and they need you!

DiaperRecycle is on the hunt for Melbourne parents to subscribe to their nappy waste collection service in anticipation of their expanded recycling plant, planned to re-open soon. For a small fee, your nappies will be diverted from landfill to be reinvented as new products. 

Billions of diapers are disposed of every year and DiaperRecycle is on a mission to spearhead a solution for this global waste problem and make a positive impact on the environment. 

The Melbourne startup has invested 4 years of research and development into finding a sustainable, carbon-neutral solution that recycles used diapers and makes practical products out of the cleaned fibre.

They have developed several high-quality products already and cat litter will be the first commercial line. The nappy plastic will go to plastics recyclers.


“Nappy users are very excited about our used nappy collection service and are joining our waiting list. Generally, people understand the problem that nappies cause for the environment, they want to keep them out of landfill and do something good for the planet, preserving the future for their small nappy wearers,” said Cynthia Barnicoat, co-founder of DiaperRecycle.

“We have also tested and refined our cat litter with cats around Melbourne over the last year. Most of our cat litter testers can’t wait for the product to be regularly available!”

DiaperRecycle is currently one of 10 businesses in the University of Melbourne's prestigious Accelerator Program MAP20, an initiative which has helped them develop the business further and acquire new equipment to recycle more nappies. 

To register for the nappy recycling service and find out more go to diaperrecycle.com.

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