London: British babies use around three billion disposable diapers every year. Now a new recycling plant has opened in the country where these nappies would be turned into roof tiles and construction tubes.

Over half million tonnes of waste from disposable diapers is generated in Britain every year.

An average British baby uses 6,000 diapers before being trained. Each disposable diaper takes around 500 years to decompose, reports say.

A Canadian company -- Knowaste -- has stepped forward to recycle around 36,000 tonnes of diapers at the first recycling facility of its kind in Britain.

The plant opened in West Bromwich, around 165 km from London.

The waste diapers will be collected from hospitals, nursing facilities and child care nurseries.

The company said the products would be sterilised and highly valuable plastic and fibre will be recovered.

These can then be used for making new products like roof tiles or plastic components and fibre-based construction and commercial tubes.

(Agencies)