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NOVEMBER 13-16, 2023
New Orleans, LA
The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel
Recycling Approaches for Disposable AHP Waste
Tuesday, November 15
9:05 am - 10:05 am

Used Diapers Recycling Project

RecycPHP mission for over 15 years has been to give a second life to the industrial rejects in disposable absorbent products such as baby diapers, incontinence and feminine hygiene products.

Knowing the actual volume and potential growth in the market for those products in the future, especially for baby diapers, there is a need and pressure from the population to find a more environmentally friendly end of life for those products than sending them to landfills.

Some of the 3’’R’’ are just not possible for those products.

Reduce in terms of thinness is already almost at the limit.

Reuse is not an option for hygienic reasons and most diapers are used at a few percent of their capacity so, increasing the capacity will not make the consumption much lower.

Recuperation is not applicable.

Recycling used baby diapers seems to be at first thought to be a difficult path. One of the biggest challenges is to have a safe and economical collection and transportation of used diapers for the parents. Managing odor, liquid and bacteria growth while stocking and transporting urine and feces containing diapers is difficult.

Our company has started a project with l’École de technologie superieure of the University of Montreal in order to overcome difficulties of used diapers recycling from stockage, collection, transportation to our facility for separation of components. A system that could be used by parents would dry and sanitize diapers in order to stock and transport safe and lighter products.


» Jeannine Cardin

Quality Control, Recyc PHP


JEANNINE CARDIN Jeannine has worked in the absorbent products for the same company for over 30 years, a company at the beginning part of the Cascades Group, then named Fempro and finally Fempro Consumer products member of First Quality Group. She started her career in Quality Assurance in 1986 at the early age of the company in feminine hygiene and institutional incontinence, then moved into Product Development. She has been part of the important evolution of feminine pads from simple thick products to a variety of products from under millimeter thick panty liners to maternity pads. She owns different designs and utility patents on sanitary napkins. After retiring from First Quality, she joined RecycPHP as Senior Quality and Product Development part-time. Her education includes a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and a certificate in Administration.