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UK diapers to become roof tiles

September 13, 2011

The waste diapers will be collected from hospitals, nursing facilities and child care nurseries, prior to sterilization.

British babies use around three billion disposable diapers every year. Now a new recycling plant has opened in the country where these diapers would be turned into roof tiles and construction tubes.

Over a half million tons of waste from disposable diapers is generated in Britain every year. And an average British baby uses 6000 before being trained to use the potty. Each disposable diaper takes around 500 years to decompose, according to the Daily Mail.

Knowaste, a recycling technology company based in Canada, has stepped forward to recycle around 36,000 tons of diapers at the first recycling facility of its kind in Britain.

The plant opened in West Bromwich, around 165 km from London.

The waste diapers will be collected from hospitals, nursing facilities and child care nurseries. The company said the products would be sterilized and highly valuable plastic and fiber will be recovered.

These can then be used for making new products like roof tiles or plastic components and fibre-based construction and commercial tubes.

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