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June 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Procter & Gamble Co. said Tuesday that it plans to fund projects to recycle the plastic from disposable diapers into such things as flower pots, garbage bags and park benches. The pulp lining of the diapers, once "sanitized," could be used in cardboard boxes, building insulation and wallboard liner, the company said. About 85% of babies in the United States wear disposable diapers, totaling up to 18 billion discarded diapers each year, which account for as much as 2% of U.S. landfill use. Environmentalists have warned that the plastic-coated diapers don't decompose once they're carted to the garbage dump; that, they say, could provide a potential breeding ground for dangerous viruses and bacteria that cause polio, hepatitis, meningitis and other diseases.
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June 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Procter & Gamble Co. said Tuesday that it plans to fund projects to recycle the plastic from disposable diapers into such things as flower pots, garbage bags and park benches. The pulp lining of the diapers, once "sanitized," could be used in cardboard boxes, building insulation and wallboard liner, the company said. About 85% of babies in the United States wear disposable diapers, totaling up to 18 billion discarded diapers each year, which account for as much as 2% of U.S. landfill use. Environmentalists have warned that the plastic-coated diapers don't decompose once they're carted to the garbage dump; that, they say, could provide a potential breeding ground for dangerous viruses and bacteria that cause polio, hepatitis, meningitis and other diseases.
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