The UKs first nappy recycling plant will be capable of powering itself after teaming up with energy from waste developer Verus Energy.
Knowastes recycling plant, to be built in West Bromwich, is to install an energy island on site. Additionally, due to technical advancements, it will now be capable of reprocessing feminine hygiene products as well as disposable nappies and adult incontinence waste.
Knowaste president and chief executive Roy Brown said: Our intention has always been to ultimately generate green energy from the waste streams on site and our partnership with Verus has sped the process along.
With the feminine hygiene market in the UK worth £298 million a year, this presents further opportunities for local authorities and specialist collection companies.
The plant will use two large autoclaves to first dry and sterilise the material, reducing volume by 75 per cent and minimising odour. The individual components absorbent polymers, organic residue and plastic can be recycled into different products and recently, Knowaste announced the plastic could be recycled into roof tiles.
Around 98 per cent of the materials can be removed from the waste stream and the remaining waste will be used to fuel the energy island.
In response to market requirements, the firm is now looking at plans to build a second facility in the South East of England