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Single-use nappies

Dades de Catalunya

Despite the existing reusable alternatives, single-use nappies continue to be the mostly used option and their consumption is closely related to birth rates.

Although singe-use nappies have a very low durability and cause a great environmental impact (multi-material products, use of plastics, high recycling complexity), these are products that are not currently adhered to any extended producer responsibility system (EPR) that guarantees that manufacturers assume the costs of the waste they generate.

Evolution of the estimated consumption of single-use nappies in Catalonia in tonnes and in relation to the number of users

Source:Compilation based on data from Alimarket and the Statistical Institute of Catalonia.
NOTE: The population aged 0 to 2 years has been considered. The average consumption of nappies per capita per year has been estimated at 2.190 units and the weight of the nappy after use is about 200 grams.

The consumption of single-use nappies in Catalonia represented a waste generation of 78,200 tons in 2022. All of this waste is managed as a rejection fraction and represents 2% by weight of the total waste generated in Catalonia.