Plans are being drawn up to build a state of the art nappy recycling plant in north Nottinghamshire.
Each baby uses a tonne of disposable nappies
The charity Groundwork wants to build the £1m facility which would process nearly 20,000 tonnes of waste every year in Ashfield or Mansfield.
At present the waste - each baby uses around a tonne of nappies - ends up in landfill sites.
Even the baby waste can be processed and used as a fertiliser on woodland or flower fields.
Philip Bithall from the charity said: "A dry nappy is mainly made up of paper and a bit of plastic to stop it leaking.
"They can be quite easily extracted and recycled.
"It gets a bit more difficult with the various specialist polymers used to absorb moisture but even they can be recycled and reused."
A feasibility study in favour of the plan has already been carried out by the environmental charity.
If successful the scheme would attract landfill tax credits from the Waste Recycling Group.