According to The Asahi Shimbun, a factory operated by Total Care System Co. in Japan draws a constant stream of visitors from across the country to see the recycling of a product that most people thought would be impossible.
The curiosity is how the company treats and recycles used disposable diapers, which are commonly thought to be discarded and incinerated.
“There is a stereotypical view that diapers contain excrement and are thus dirty so they are difficult to recycle,” said Takeshi Cho, 74, president of Total Care System. “But even diapers made by different manufacturers use the same ingredients and are typically discarded after being separated. They are the easiest article to recycle.”
Based in Fukuoka city, Total Care System started on a quest to recycle disposable diapers, as the products’ consumption rapidly increases in tandem with the aging of Japanese society. The company extracts pulp from used diapers for sale.
It is also looking to establish the technology to convert the polymer and other materials to absorb urine into sheets to deal with pets’ urine and other items.
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