A new recycling operation by Relivit planned for Nowra will use specialised technology to divert used absorbent hygiene products from landfill, recycling over 95 per cent of their content into feedstock for products including animal bedding, plastics for outdoor furniture, building materials and organic fertilisers.

The firm signed a contract with Kimberly-Clark in December 2014 to process manufacturing waste and potentially post-consumer waste from AHPs, and is also negotiating with childcare centres, aged care providers and local councils to receive and process used products. It expects the facility will create around 70 new jobs, and result in an annual saving in carbon emissions equivalent to taking 5625 cars off the roads.