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Over 25 million nappies recycled in Britain

Absorbent hygiene product (AHP) recycler, Knowaste, is approaching the milestone of recycling 26 million nappies at its West Bromwich plant.

Knowaste predict the milestone - which is equivalent to 5,920 tonnes of nappies - will be reached by the end of March 2013.

The projected figure for 2013 is 13,000 tonnes, approximately 56.4 million nappies. This is set to double in 2014, with nappies recycled at 26,000 tonnes, about 112.3 million.

A spokesman for Knowaste told MRW: “We are planning to open five more plants in the next three years: two in London, one in Manchester, one in Wales and one in Scotland.”

In response to a parliamentary question from MP John Glen, Defra minister Richard Benyon provided the Knowaste figures and provided the context that 3 billion nappies were thrown away each year.

Knowaste opened Britain’s first AHP recycling plant in the Midlands in September 2011. The company also recycles adult incontinence and feminine hygiene waste.


  • Update: This story has been edited on 4 February to correct the number of nappies recycled corresponding to tonnages. The headline read: ‘Two million nappies recycled in Britain’ but the accurate figure, verified by Knowaste, is 26 million.





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