June 19, 2008

Compost System Wins Prize

A Rangiora couple who have developed a method for turning soiled disposable nappies into compost have been honoured with a Green Ribbon Award by the Government.

The awards recognise businesses, people and groups that work to improve and retain New Zealand's environment.

Karen and Karl Upston developed the system for turning nappies into compost with Canterbury company R5 Solutions and sponsorship from Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark. A successful five-month trial last year composted 450,000 nappies, equivalent to 56 tonnes of household waste.

The system will go into operation at the end of the year and will be able to process 15,000 nappies a day, equivalent to 2 1/2 tonnes of household waste.

The project will divert up to 3000 tonnes of disposable nappies from landfill every year.

The new scheme, run by Envirocomp Limited, will collect nappies from childcare facilities in wheelie bins, while households will be able to subscribe to the service to have nappies collected weekly.

The company last night won the award in the Making a difference to household sustainability category.

Marlborough's Starborough Flaxbourne Soil Conservation Group was also honoured last night for a study that could help farmers manage their way through successive droughts.

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