13 Sep '11, 6pm

Landfills breathe collective sigh of relief: Canadian company transforms dirty diapers into roofing material

Landfills breathe collective sigh of relief: Canadian company transforms dirty diapers into roofing material

Photo: miguelb (Flickr / Creative Commons) For those of us who wince every time a dirty diaper is discarded, take heart: Canadian company Knowaste can now transform those soiled, disposable nappies into roofing material. That's right, billions of baby-poop gems and even adult 'accidents' due to incontinence, are ripe for the picking and destined for our roofs, thanks to a process that transforms diaper waste into plastic pellets, which can then be made into roofing tiles and tubing. According to Gizmodo , Knowaste , which has branches in the UK, Canada and the United States, plans to open five new processing plants in the UK during the next four years. Each plant will be able to handle 36,000 tons of so-called "absorbent hygiene products" (AHP) annually -- all of which amounts to one-fifth of the UK's total diaper waste, and a reduction of 110,000 tons of greenhouse gas em...

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