How does Knowaste ensure that disposable nappies, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products are sterilized?
Early in the recycling process, the material is sterilized using autoclaves and then exposed to a special chemical treatment to deactivate the super absorbent polymers. At the completion of this washing process, the plastic materials are removed and sent to a separate device for processing. Plastic components are again filtered and cleaned in a final washing cycle before being compressed into small pellets that can be sold for easy reuse. The remaining organic waste is dried and used to create green energy. What types of consumer products can be produced from recycled AHPs: The plastics in nappies and/or adult incontinence products can be used in the production of plastic wood, roof shingles and vinyl wood sidings. The fibre and super absorbant polymers can make biogas or green energy or can be used as a thickener for industrial products.