While a convenient option, there are three things to keep in mind when it comes to disposable diapers.
First, they cannot be recycled. Neither the plastic nor paper they are made with can be salvaged. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of trying to recycle them at the curb. That ends up being a costly mistake. While the shift toward single stream recycling (i.e. all items going into one bin or cart) makes recycling incredibly easy, it also means people often mix in items that cannot be recycled with those that can. Environmental service providers and local governments then have to spend millions of dollars annually to remove those items, also called contaminants, that shouldn’t be in the recycling stream.
A second thing to keep in mind is that soiled disposable baby diapers take up a large amount of landfill space. Annually, billions end up there, creating millions of tons of waste. Landfills are not designed to break down trash, merely to bury it.
And third, once at the landfill, diapers can take years and years to decompose. That untreated waste can affect groundwater quality. To minimize their environmental impact, take care to dump solid waste from diapers into the toilet when possible before disposal.
Remember: the next time you throw something away, such as a disposable diaper, consider where it’s going and how long it will be there. Consider reducing your environmental footprint by checking out the many eco-friendly diapers on the market today.
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