£14m nappy re­cy­cling site would be the UK’s largest

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HAYES could be­come home to the UK’s largest nappy re­cy­cling fac­tory, if plans are ap­proved by Hilling­don Coun­cil.

Knowaste, the UK’s first com­pany to re­cy­cle AHPs in­clud­ing nap­pies, in­con­ti­nence pads and fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts, sub­mit­ted the plans on Mon­day, Septem­ber 14.

The com­pany are look­ing to in­vest around £14m in the de­vel­op­ment of its new site, Hayes 180, which is planned for launch in early 2017 on a cur­rently empty brown­field site.

The plans in­volve de­vel­op­ing a state-ofthe-art Ab­sorbent Hy­giene Prod­uct (AHP) re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity on an in­dus­trial site in Uxbridge Road, which would han­dle at least 36,000 tonnes of AHP waste ev­ery year.

If ap­proved, Hayes 180 would be the big­gest plant of its kind in the UK.

The sus­tain­able fa­cil­ity would process at least 36,000 tonnes of AHP waste per an­num, and cre­ate up to 20 jobs in­clud­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive, site op­er­a­tive and tech­ni­cal po­si­tions.

Paul Richard­son, UK Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor at Knowaste, said: “We be­lieve that our in­vest­ment will have a very pos­i­tive im­pact within the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we are look­ing for­ward to en­gag­ing lo­cal schools, busi­nesses and res­i­dents to high­light the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of Knowaste com­ing to their area.

“Our plan­ning sub­mis­sion will not al­ter the ex­ist­ing build­ing in­clud­ing de­sign.

“The only change will be the in­ter­nal use of the build­ing for our re­cy­cling tech­nol­ogy.

“Hayes 180 is the start of an ex­cit­ing phase for Knowaste, and the area of West Lon­don of­fers a great foun­da­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of our tech­nol­ogy.”

The Knowaste sys­tem uses a be­spoke re­cy­cling tech­nol­ogy to trans­form AHPs into high qual­ity plas­tics that are bagged and sent off site for re­use. The high qual­ity fi­bre ma­te­rial is pro­cessed into a pre­mium grade pet lit­ter and bagged for di­rect de­liv­ery to whole­sale and re­tail out­lets.

The re­cy­cling of AHPs is con­sid­ered to be the most sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to man­ag­ing this spe­cific waste, sav­ing up to 70% of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions when com­pared to the usual dis­posal meth­ods of land­fill and in­cin­er­a­tion. The unique Knowaste process is able to re­cy­cle about 97% of the AHP prod­uct.

Orig­i­nat­ing from North Amer­ica, Knowaste has been re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy to re­cy­cle AHPs since the 1990s.

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