Monday, February 23, 2009

ВЈ12m nappy recycling centre gets go-ahead

Plans have been approved for the UK's first nappy recycling plant in Birmingham.

The council has given the green light for recycling specialist Knowaste to build the ВЈ12m plant which will process 36,000 tonnes of Pampers a year.

The Knowaste recycling process sanitises every nappy and turns them into materials which can be used as plastic cladding, roof tiles, bicycle helmets and plastic injection and extrusion products.

Sludge produced from the process will also be turned into green energy thanks to bio mass treatment creating methane gas. 

Roy Brown, President and CEO of Knowaste, said: “Disposable nappies have been described as the вЂconvenience curse’ of the 21st century. Until now, they have been one of the few remaining household items that go straight to landfills, or incinerators. In the UK we produce 750,000 tonnes of nappy waste each year, enough to fill Wembley Stadium hundreds of times over.  


ВЈ12m nappy recycling centre gets go-ahead


“Our longer-term goal is to open plants in other locations in the UK, which will further enable local authorities to meet their increasingly tough landfill diversion targets and avoid landfill taxes and penalties. 

“When all our plants are fully up and running 13% of all the UK’s nappy waste will be diverted away from landfill and recycled.”

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