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City considers dropping diaper recycling program.

Santa Clarita, Calif., is discussing halting its diaper-recycling program and will vote on the matter in late September.

Roughly 225 households have participated in the program since it began as a six-month pilot program in November 2002.

Knowaste LLC, a Canadian company specializing in diaper recycling, runs the program. According to the company's Web site, Knowaste selected Santa Clarita for the pilot program because more than 72 percent of the population is under 44 years of age and more than 150 babies are born there each month.

However, one of the biggest issues with the program has been the high cost. According to an Associated Press report, the program costs more than $1,800 per ton.

While 43 tons of disposable diapers were collected from November through August, only 10 percent was turned into recyclable material, according to the Associated Press report.

Santa Clarita spent $500,000 to start the program but will recoup only $100,000 if the firm it contracted with is unable to sell its diaper processing equipment.

Two of the largest diaper manufacturers, Proctor & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark, told the Associated Press that they oppose any extension of Santa Clarita's program because it is not cost-effective and does not significantly reduce the amount of waste buried in landfills.
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Title Annotation:Municipal Recycling
Comment:City considers dropping diaper recycling program.(Municipal Recycling)
Publication:Recycling Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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