Disposable Nappies are rubbish

Whilst using disposable nappies is every parent’s choice, remember that nappies belong in your rubbish bin and not your recycling bin.

Putting nappies in your recycling bin is not a good idea! Nappies are a health hazard to people at the sorting factory. They contaminate recycling and make it unusable. This costs money and time, which in turn costs the taxpayer more.

Removing nappies from your  recycling materials is not a pleasant job, so put nappies in the rubbish bin where they will be properly disposed of. Although it is potentially possible to recycle nappies, they are made up of paper, plastics and water retaining gel making them very difficult and expensive to recycle. Despite some nappy packs having recycling logos on them, nappies cannot currently be recycled in Norfolk.

So when you have finished with a nappy, please put it in your rubbish bin where it belongs.

Real Nappies - there is a choice

For parents who wish to try alternatives, why not try washable, fabric nappies which are a modern version of the old terry towels. They are fun and funky and a great way to save money as well as reducing your family’s rubbish in the bin. To give them a try, there are several local outlets, all accessible through the links to the left.

For more information, please click here.

Did you know?

The History of Disposable Nappies

Whatever you think about disposable nappies, they are here to stay.  They were invented by a mum in Scotland to help her cope with bringing up small children. Advertised as “A really attractive garment, skilfully designed by a mother, to make the whole-time use of disposable nappies a practical possibility”. They offered an easier way to keep your baby clean and comfortable.  Valerie Hunter created the first “Paddi” after having her third child, Nigel, in 1947 and becoming fed-up with washing traditional nappies. The two-part garments were initially made out of old nylon parachutes, tissue wadding and cotton wool.

So the advent of disposable nappies created an easier way to keep your baby clean. However, a used disposable nappy is only good for one thing – your rubbish bin!