One of the primary environmental concerns when using disposable products is the waste generated after use. But it is important to keep in mind that disposable hygiene products make up less than 3% of all solid waste. Besides, all material used is of 100% natural origin, non-toxic, and entirely groundwater neutral. Superabsorbent, for instance, is classified just like sand and glass by the American Danger Catalogue.
However, waste is becoming increasingly considered as a resource, and in many European countries incineration of used incontinence products generates new energy in modern CHP stations. Elements such as plastic and paper actually improve the incineration of other waste, since plastic is effectively oil in a different form.
In some countries it is also possible, by separating the plastic content, to utilise used incontinence products for biogas production.