Diaper recycling

Today, more than 96 per cent of parents use disposable diapers (verses cloth) due to convenience. A child in diapers will generate approximately one tonne of diaper waste prior to being toilet trained. The Sierra Club estimated that 18 billion disposable diapers are generated annually in the United States, using up four per cent of landfill space (according to U.S. EPA). The Greater Toronto Area generates approximately 102 tonnes of diapers per day, 37,230 tonnes per year. The Region of Peel alone generates about 32 tonnes of diapers per day or 11,680 tonnes a year (based on the Region’s 2006 estimate of babies in its area). And this doesn’t include the large (and growing) number of aging people using absorbent hygiene products (AHP) of various kinds. The number of people age 65 and over has tripled to a record 420 million worldwide, with more elderly people dependent on disposable personal care products.

What does your family or community generate? Small Planet Inc. is a Mississauga company that offers residential pick-up of disposable baby diapers using the Knowaste AHP recycling technology. The company has a calculator on its website (www.smallplanetinc.com) for estimating the diaper waste generated by an individual or community.

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