By Max Clarke

A plant is set to open in West Bromwich, UK, that will turn feminine hygiene products and nappies back into usable materials.

Innovative Canadian company, Knowaste, are the first company in the world to commercially recycle used absorbent hygiene products (AHPs) for use in a host of other products including roof tiles, ‘plastic wood’ and even paper.

The company collects AHPs in its unique facility, before sterilizing the material and then mechanically separating the waste into its constituent parts: organic residue, plastic and super absorbent polymers.

They are the first business to attempt to recycle AHPs, which previously would have been destined for landfill at a rate of around a million tonnes annually.

"This first site in West Bromwich represents the beginning of a £25m overall investment in the UK, that will produce capacity for handling about a fifth of the AHP waste stream - equating to a saving of 110,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year,” said Knowaste’s chief executive officer in an article the Guardian.

The Canadian firm will be exhibiting their business at the Recycling & Waste Management exhibition in the Birmingham NEC from 12th September.

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