West Bromwich, United Kingdom, recycling plant puts dirty diapers to good use.
It's a rather unsettling thought, but the countless public bathrooms that are found all across the United Kingdom have their fair share of dirty nappies (the English term for diaper) and other sanitary products that would otherwise end up in landfills. In today's tough world economy, you need to get your hands dirty and think outside the box, and that is exactly what Knowasta, a Canadian recycling company has done. According to BusinessGreen, the organization recently opened a facility in West Bromwich that will try to put a dent in the half million tons of waste that are produced by diapers, hygiene products and other undesirables.
While this new recycling facility will drastically cut down on the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, chief executive officer Roy Brown, with Knowaste, contends that this new facility should help to remove 110,000 tons of greenhouse gases each year as well.
"This first site in West Bromwich represents the beginning of a £25m overall investment in the UK," Brown told the news source. "Our plant here in the Midlands and those intended for Scotland, the West and London will enable both commercial operators and local authorities to further cut carbon, increase recycling and divert waste from landfills."
Knowaste will collect products from hospitals, bathrooms and other areas all around the country and begin the process by sterilizing all of them. It will then break the items down into plastics and fibers to be reused in consumer products such as roof tiles. While it may not be the most pleasant thing to think about, even dirty diapers can be put to good use! Companies like Knowaste are leaving no stone unturned to find innovative solutions to improve the UK's recycling rate.