Nappies and incontinence pads

From 1 October 2021, we will be able to recycle baby nappies and incontinence pads. You can dispose of both free of charge at a sorting station. There will be special containers for them at about half of all sorting stations in the city. So there is always one near you. You must register to use the container. That's because the containers are locked. Once you have registered, you'll be able to open the container using your municipal waste disposal pass.

Register

Register for access to the containers for baby nappies and incontinence pads. Grandparents, nannies an other carers can register too. When you register, we do not ask whether you have baby nappies or incontinence pads. After four years, the access wil expire. You can then decide whether to apply for access again. When you register, you can indicate whether you wish to receive a reminder after four years. 

You municipal waste disposal pass is your access pass

After registration, we will activate your municipal waste disposal pass within five working days. You can then open the container with your municipal waste disposal pass. We work with an access system on the containers. This ensures that no waste other than baby nappies and incontinence pads ends up in the container. This is important because otherwise the plant cannot recycle the waste. 

Use special (free) bags

You should not simply throw the baby nappies and incontinence pads into the container.  You must first place them in a special 25-litre bag. That is a requirement of the recycling plant. You can obtain these bags for free at the points of sale for the red and white residuale waste bags. If you order incontinence pads from MediReva, you will receive a free roll of bags with each order. 

  • In Maastricht, there are 27 container in total for baby nappies and incontinence pads. That is at about half of all sorting stations. So there is always one nearby.

    Wijk Milieuperron
    Amby Severenplein
    Binnenstad Graanmarkt
    Borgharen Bovenstraat (kermisterrein)
    Boschpoort Pierre Kerstenstraat
    Brusselsepoort Artsenijstraat
    Brusselsepoort Edmond Jasparsstraat
    Daalhof Herculeshof (WKC Daalhof)
    De Heeg Harsteltborg (WKC Roserije)
    Dousberg Veldwezeltstraat
    Heer President Kennedyplein
    Heer Ellecuylgaard
    Heugem Oosterweertlaan
    Heugemerveld Bloemenweg
    Itteren Geneinde
    Jekerdal Mergelweg (bij sportvelden)
    Malberg Dukaatplein
    Malberg Vendelplein
    Mariaberg Makassarstraat
    Nazareth Meerssenerweg - Kasteel Hartelsteinstraat
    Pottenberg Terra Cottaplein (WKC Pottenberg)
    Randwyck Duboisdomein
    Sint Maartenspoort Louis Loyensstraat
    Villapark Hoge Kanaaldijk (Sint Pieter bij MCC)
    Wittevrouwenveld Dr. Schaepmanstraat (Geusselt)
    Wolder Mgr. Vranckenplein
    Wyckerpoort Heerderweg - Heerderdwarsstraat
    Wyckerpoort Noormannensingel

     

  • You place the baby nappies and incontinence pads into the special 25-litre bag. You dispose of the waste whenever you want at the sorting station of your choice. This is how it works:

    1. You hold your municipal waste disposal pass in front of the scanner on the container.
    2. You will hear a clicking sound. The container is now unlocked. 
    3. You open the drum.
    4. You place the bag in it. 
    5. You close the drum.
    6. The container locks automatically.
  • Permitted in the nappy container Not permitted in the nappy container
    Incontinence nappies Stoma waste
    Incontinence briefs Disposable gloves
    Incontinence panty liners Disposable flannels
    Disposable nappies Mattress pads and bed protectors
    Disposable briefs Reusable incontinence underwear
    Baby wipes Plastic bags
    Scented nappy bags Moist toilet paper
      Feminine hygiene (sanitory towels, panty liners, tampons)
      Reusable, washable nappies
      Maternity sanitary towels
      Bags with dog droppings

     

  • When you register, we record the following data:

    • The number of your municipal waste disposal pass
    • Address details (to be able to send you a confirmation and a brochure)
    • At what time and day you use the container

    We never register: 

    • Medical records
    • What kind of waste (incontinence pads or nappies) you wish to dispose of
  • You may then re-register. When you register, you can indicate whether you wish to receive a reminder after four years. 

  • Call 14 043. You deregister if you no longer wish to use the container or if your personal circumstances change. 

  • We believe that everyone should be able to separate waste. Would you like to dispose of incontinence pads separately but you are less mobile? And have no family, friends, acquaintances or neighbours who can dispose of the waste away for you? We understand that this means you have more residual or expensive waste. You may be eligible for compensation. For example, in the form of airtight storage equipment and/or several free residual waste bags. 

    IMPORTANT! The compensation scheme will take effect from January 2022. More information will be available from December 2021. You cannot register until then. Visit the municipality's website regularly.

  • Why do only half of the sorting stations have a separate container for baby nappies and incontinence pads?

    Not every household has baby nappies and/or incontinence pads. It is very expensive and unnecessary to place a container for this purpose at every sorting station. 

    Why is there an access system to this container?

    This ensures that no waste other than baby nappies and incontinence pads ends up in the container. This is important because otherwise the plant cannot recycle the waste. 

    Can grandparents, nannies and/other carers register too?

    Yes, grandparents, nannies and other carers can also register to access the containers. We do not ask why or for which waste (baby nappies or incontinence pads) you are requesting access.

    I have registered, but why does my municipal waste disposal pass not yet work?

    We will activate you municipal waste disposal pass within five working days. Are you still unable to open the container after five days, please contact the municipality on telephone number 14 043.

    What must I do if I have lost my municipal waste disposal pass or have not/never received it?

    If you have lost your municipal waste disposal pass or if you have not received it, you can order a new pass. You will receive the new pass within five working days.

    Why do I have to obtain special bags and can't use my own waste bags?

    The special bags are requirement of the recycling plant. They must be able to see whether there is no other waste. You may not dispose of baby nappies and incontinence pads in any other way in the container. You can obtain the special (free) 25-litre bags from the same places where you obtain the residual waste bags. If you are a MediReva customer, you will automatically receive a roll of bags with your order of incontinence pads. 

    What happens to the separated baby nappies and incontinence pads? What are they used for?

    We recycle all the waste that we collect separately. We can then make something new out of it. There is a special plant in the Netherlands where baby nappies and incontinence pads go. From the material, the plant makes plastic, compost and biogas.

    Why does access cease after four years?

    Personal circumstances may change. It may be that after some time you will no longer need to use the container. For example, because your child has grown out of baby nappies. You may then re-register. When you register, you can indicate whether you wish to receive a reminder after four years. 

    Why aren't baby nappies and incontinence pads collected at home?

    In 2017, we held a waste trial in three districts in Maastricht. Bringing the waste to a sorting station was found to be the best and most desirable collection method. 

    Can I use any container?

    Yes, you can use any container. You do'nt necessarily have to dispose of your baby nappies or incontinence pads nearby.