Residents will now be able to dispose of nappies and other absorbent hygiene products as part of their kerbside collection service.

This comes after Neath Port Talbot Council launched the free fortnightly service, which allows people to present absorbent hygiene products (AHPs) such as incontinence pads and absorbent bedsheets separately.

The service was launched on August 1, so that the products can be presented separately instead of being put in with black bag waste.

A council spokesperson said: “Wales is the UK’s top recycling nation and one of the leading recycling countries worldwide, but more must be done to meet the Welsh government’s ambitious 70 per cent recycling target by 2025.”

A roll of 52 purple bags to dispose of the products can be ordered at

As part of the new service, the council will have two special collection lorries equipped with a separate pod.


Long term, the Welsh government aims to establish a dedicated All Wales treatment facility for AHPs.

Collection services, such as the one in Neath Port Talbot, will indicate the kind of tonnages the facility could expect.

In the new purple bags the council will take:

  • Nappies including nappy bags and wipes
  • Adult incontinence pads and nappies
  • Absorbent bed sheets
  • Disposable aprons
  • Plastic gloves
  • Stoma bags

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