Dirty diapers find greener use in Hanover

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Dirty diapers are about to become a hot commodity in Hanover.

Aug. 27 the board of supervisors unanimously voted to lease a portion of Hanover’s solid waste transfer station for $1 per year to local business, Zynnovation, LLC., so they can look at the feasibility of processing used diapers into irrigation tree mats under a pilot program.

“We do 100 percent recycling,” said Hailing Yang, Zynnovation, LLC.’s CEO and president.

During the processing, the company retrieves polymers — the materials used to absorb urine and other liquids — and the plastic parts of the diaper, which usually help prevent leaks, Yang said. The plastic is then processed and used to make the outside cover for the mat.

She added that each part of the diaper is sanitized, separated and used for manufacturing Zynnovation’s tree mats. The company will pay for all costs, because Yang hopes to secure a grant from the National Science Foundation to help fund the pilot program.

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