Disposable diapers may be a thing of the past, as officials in Arnhem, The Netherlands, recently have added the items to the city's recycling list.
Instead of throwing Pampers out with the poop, parents now toss “nappies” sealed in plastic bags into special bins located outside of two local childcare facilities. Knowaste BV, an Arnhem-based recycling firm, has been hired to extract wood pulp and plastic.
Knowaste plans to collect the city's annual 200,000 kilograms of nappies to separate the plastic and paper from the absorption material, wash it, and form it into plastic and paper pulp bales. The company also will treat the wastewater and turn sludge into compost during recycling. Another 38 bins are expected to be in operation by the end of the year.