In 2009, Care2 reported on plans to build the very first disposable diaper recycling plant in Britain. Two years have passed, and it appears that this revolutionary plant is ready to open its doors to the stinky waste of the world.
Built by Canadian-based Knowaste, the West Bromwich, UK facility will use state-of-the-art technology to recycle dirty diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products.
Statistics show that the average child uses 6,000 to 10,000 diapers before potty training is possible. According to industry data from Franklin Associates and the American Petroleum Institute, keeping up with this demand requires 3.5 billion gallons of oil and 250,000 trees annually in the U.S. alone.
“This first site in West Bromwich represents the beginning of a £25 million overall investment in the UK, that will produce capacity for handling about a fifth of the AHP waste stream – equating to a saving of 110,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year,” Roy Brown, chief executive officer of Knowaste told The Press Association.
The Knowaste plant’s primary objective will be to sterilize and separate the materials, recovering plastic and fiber that can be used for roof tiles and other construction products (EL).
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