Recycling facility - Knowaste company photoBritain’s first recycling plant for disposable diapers is opening in a bid to reduce the huge amounts sent to landfills 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.

The Canadian company, Knowaste plans to develop five such recycling plants across the UK by 2015.

Roy Brown, CEO of Knowaste, said: “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 current waste stream – equating to a saving of 110,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

In the UK around 3 billion disposable baby diapers are used every year – generating about a half a million tons of waste.

(READ the story in Sky News)

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