Rochford District Council is asking residents to help out waste crews by not putting disposable nappies in their recycling bins and to even consider switching to reusable cloth ones.
Disposable nappies should be put into your non-recycling bin, which is the bin with the purple lid.
As well as causing contamination they make otherwise clean recycling dirty and unusable and can cause a potential health hazard for those who have to remove them by hand.
Modern reusable nappies are easy to use, kinder to the environment and Essex County Council is now offering a £30 refund on the purchase of any cloth nappies.
On average each baby will need between 4000 and 6000 disposable nappies, or 25 – 30 birth-to-potty cloth nappies. By using cloth nappies, you could save £1000 per child, this even takes into account the cost of cleaning.
If you switch to cloth nappies, you’ll also reduce the amount of waste going into your black bin each week.
In the UK around 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away each day! As these nappies break down over hundreds of years, they will produce methane gas (a strong greenhouse gas) which contributes to global warming. This is without considering the environmental costs of manufacture and transportation before the disposable nappies even make it to the shop.
Cloth nappies can be used again and again. At the end of their useful life they can be recycled at a textile recycling bank.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams explained: “It takes just one nappy to contaminate recycling. We want to make sure people understand why they shouldn’t put disposable nappies into their recycling bin.
“Nappies badly contaminate everything else in there and lower the quality of our recyclable material.
“Having to remove dirty nappies from the recycling is also extremely unpleasant and unhygienic for the workers, who are already working very hard to keep our waste collections running.”
Visit https://www.loveessex.org/news-and-ideas/cloth-nappies/ today to see the range on offer and to check if you are eligible for the £30 refund offered on purchases.