Dirty Nappies Recycled To Make Roof Tiles
"It will produce capacity for handling about a fifth of the absorbent hygiene products waste stream - equating to a saving of 110,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year."
- chief executive officer Roy Browne
Britain's first recycling plant for disposable nappies is opening in a bid to reduce the huge amounts sent to landfill every year.
The facility at West Bromwich in the West Midlands promises to process a number of personal hygiene products and recover materials which can be used to make plastic components such as roof tiles and commercial tubes.
Environmentalists have called disposable nappies the convenience curse of the 21st century.
The old-style washable nappies are not seen as an option for many busy parents.
As a result, more than a million tonnes of such waste is generated in the UK every year, much of which goes into landfill or for incineration.
A Canadian company, Knowaste, plans to develop a total of five nappy recycling plants across the UK over the next four years.