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Knowaste to open nappy processing facility

Disposable nappies will soon be recyclable in the UK, as Knowaste has announced it will open the UKs first nappy processing facility towards the end of 2008. The company plans to invest £20 million in such facilities across the UK and is looking at sites in the Midlands and Wales for its first plant. This will deal with some of the 8 million disposable nappies used in the UK every day.

Knowaste has agreed a deal, worth £50 million, with a collection company, which will mean Knowaste will process about 30,000 tonnes of nappies a year for ten years. The company also said that local authorities and other waste contractors are interested in its technology. This recycling process removes 98% of the material from the waste stream to be recycled into other plastic products, such as roof tiles, and plastic injection and extrusion products.

There are currently 750,000 tonnes of nappy waste created in the UK alone, which is enough to fill around 8 Wembley stadiums. When all our plants are running 13% of all the UKs nappy waste will be diverted from landfill and recycled, said chief executive Roy Brown.

As well as reducing the amount of nappies sent to landfill the company said it will process other absorbent hygiene products such as bedliners and incontinence products.

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