One in ten parents admit to throwing nappies into recycling bins

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Half of all respondents believed the nappies are recyclable in some form

Parents are being encouraged to throw used nappies in their general rubbish bin after new research found 10% of UK parents of children under three admitted to putting them in with household recycling.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has launched a #BinYourNappy campaign to help reduce the £1.5m cost of contamination it deals with every year.

Of those who put nappies in recycling, more than a third said it was because the packaging shows the recycling logo, while 20% said it’s because they are termed called ‘disposable’.

Confusion also arose around nappies marketed as biodegradable or compostable, with half of all respondents believing these are recyclable in some form despite no mainstream council recycling services collecting nappies.

Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, is now calling on nappy manufacturers to make labelling clearer.

He said: “It’s hard to overestimate the scale of this unsavoury problem. Contamination of recycling damages the environment, is costly for taxpayers and leaves recycling centre staff having to remove soiled nappies by hand.”

MLWA will be working with nappy manufacturers, health services, toddler play centres and parenting groups to help spread the #BinYourNappy message.

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