Zero Waste Scotland to Transform Old Nappies into Furniture

Zero Waste Scotland to Transform Old Nappies into Furniture

Linda Ly
Jun 21, 2012

In an innovative environmental scheme, Scotland will be launching a new recycling program that transforms old nappies (that's dirty diapers, for those of us across the pond) into garden furniture, roof tiles, and railway sleepers.

The pilot program for Zero Waste Scotland will begin curbside collection of disposable diapers (and related items like wet wipes) from 36,000 homes in four districts. The recycled waste will be sanitized and sterilized at a treatment center, after which human waste will be put into the sewage, while plastics and celluloids will be recycled into building materials for park benches, road signage, railway sleepers, and decking.

After an initial test period of six months, officials will determine whether to roll out the program nationwide. With 90% of households using disposable diapers, the program could see significant impact, as 160 million dirty diapers are sent to Scottish landfills every year.

If Zero Waste Scotland is successful, could it convince the US and other countries to initiate (or revisit) their own diaper recycling programs?

Read More: Old nappies turned into furniture under new recycling scheme at BBC News

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