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Compostable diapers would save mountains from landfills.

Articles have been written before about composting dirty diapers, and we got very excited about the news that mushrooms could break down diapers in 2 months, but given that end-of-life disposal options remain limited, and cloth diapers are yet to become the norm, what to do about the mountains of diaper waste created each year? One New Zealand community is looking at opening a dedicated diaper-composting facility to deal with the problem…

The Dominion Post reports that the Wellington region of New Zealand is looking at opening a “nappy” (diaper) composting facility that could handle as much as 1000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. The initiative is based on an already existing facility:

The Government’s waste minimisation fund has provided a $30,000 grant for Canterbury company Envirocomp to assess whether a plant in the Hutt Valley should go ahead. A similar plant that opened in Canterbury in 2009 has so far composted five million disposable nappies.

The new service would be funded, in part, by parents paying a subscription service of about $4 a week for composting their diapers in an enclosed, dedicated facility, and the end product would be garden-ready compost, suitable for all ornamental garden applications. (Using it on veggie gardens is discouraged.)