Many residents have questions about the new waste and resources policy, waste separation and waste charges. This is understandable. Therefore, here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the collection of baby nappies and medical waste (such as incontinence materials).

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The only nappy recycling plant is at ARN in Nijmegen. There is not much space here to recycle nappies. Therefore, we can only offer this service to a limited extent. If a new recycling plant comes up in the future, we will look again at the costs and environmental benefits before deciding on more places where you can hand in disposable nappies separately.

Only used disposable nappies should go in the nappy disposal bags. So do not add (latex) gloves, flannels, pads, ointment jar, tubes or other materials. This is very harmful to the recycling process.

Waste bags for nappies are also not intended for incontinence material. Incontinence materials fall under medical waste in the Waardlanden municipalities. People with a medical indication who cannot reduce their residual waste due to medical waste may be eligible for compensation. They can contact the municipality for more information.

No, incontinence materials fall under medical waste in the Waardlanden municipalities. Many municipalities that introduce a recycling tariff compensate residents who have a lot of residual waste due to a medical indication and cannot reduce it. For more information on this scheme, please contact your municipality.

Compensation scheme municipality of Gorinchem

Get in touch with Marcel Steenland. Send an e-mail to or call during office hours on 0183 - 65 93 92.

Compensation scheme municipality of Hardinxveld-Giessendam

For more information, visit and download the application form.
Send the completed form by e-mail to or by post to:
SVHW Cluster Heffen, PO Box 7059, 3286 ZH Klaaswaal.
During office hours for enquiries, call 0186 - 577 222 or 0800 - 020 08 73.

Compensation scheme municipality of Molenlanden

During office hours, call 088 75 15 100 or do at an application.

The waste management company has a special machine to recycle baby nappies. This machine can turn baby nappies into new things, such as plastic and manure. In the recycling process, materials such as plastic, cellulose and other components are separated. These materials are used as raw materials to produce new products. The plastic, for example, can be recycled into other plastic products. In this way, we can save even more waste and make the planet healthier.

Baby nappies that you throw in with residual waste end up in the incinerator. Baby nappies you dispose of separately at the waste disposal site are partly processed into raw material to make new products, such as plastic car parts. This type of processing has less environmental impact than incineration in a waste-to-energy plant.
Or choose sustainable and smart, save even more with washable nappies. Better for the environment and the wallet.

Every year, about 530,000 babies and children in the Netherlands wear nappies. This generates 150 million kilos of nappy waste every year. Per child, that is about 300 kilos per year or 25 kilos per month. On average, a child wears five nappies a day before becoming potty-trained. Washable nappies are better for the environment than disposable nappies because you generate less waste and emit less CO2. Even if you include washing, washable nappies have less impact on the environment. More information and tips can be found at environmental centre/mazzelkontjes.

(source: Milieu Centraal)


The cost of baby nappies depends a lot on how you use them. Which brand of disposable nappy you choose and the number of times you change them, for example, affect the cost. As does the choice of second-hand washable nappies or new ones, and whether or not to dry them in a tumble dryer. Washable nappies are cheaper: with average useAnd if you also use the washable nappies for a second child or sell them after use, the costs are of course much lower still. More information and tips at  environmental centre/mazzelkontjes.

(source: Milieu Centraal)