Information about Nappies.

Nappies and other incontinence products cannot be recycled or composted! There definitely seems to be some confusion as to which bin disposable nappies goes in to. Every day, thousands of nappies arrive at the recycling facilities after being placed into incorrect kerbside bins. Soiled nappies and incontinence products should NEVER be placed in the recycling or FOGO bins as they end up contaminating the recycling and composting process. Ditch the disposables and go reusable – One child will use 4,000-6,000 disposable nappies, costing up to $3,000. Disposable nappies should always be placed in your general waste bin. Human waste seriously contaminates your recycling bin and can impose consequences as serious as export bans. Never put nappies in your recycling bin.

To help the environment and save money, try using modern cloth nappies instead. There are some websites some great tips on using modern cloth nappies.

It takes up to 500 years for disposable nappies to break down in landfill. That’s 25 generations! This is where it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Modern cloth nappies are a fantastic alternative – they have a lesser impact on the environment and will save you thousands of dollars over the time your baby is in nappies. By avoiding ‘flushable’ liners, also you can make sure not to block the sewerage system. A reusable swim nappy is a great place to start, if full-time cloth nappies will not work in your household or you would like to start small before committing to cloth nappies every day.

Social media provides lots of chat groups and pages for advice  and information and even to buy. So here are just a few for you to go and look at-


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Nappy Libraries are a great way to try cloth nappies before buying, and for those families who want to use cloth nappies from birth when their bigger nappies do not fit. In cloth nappy workshops are educational sessions giving parents all the information they need to get started using cloth nappies.

The workshops cover:

Environmental and financial benefits of using reusable nappies

All the different styles of modern cloth nappies

Check out a range of different cloth nappy brands and types in person

Gives you time to ask the questions on how it actually works with washing nappies (and dealing with poo). Get some support if you are already using cloth nappies (bring them along!)

Do you need a cloth nappy workshop in your area? Workshops are there to educate parents who want to get started using cloth nappies. Reusable cloth nappies have come a long way from terry towelling nappy squares! Modern cloth nappies do not need pins or soaking and come in a lot of fun designs. Making the switch to cloth nappies will reduce the waste you send to landfill and save you money, making it easy for you to switch from disposables and find a cloth nappy that suits the needs of you and your baby.

Contact us for more information and enquiries.


Where Do Nappies Go? Which Bin?

Nappies in bins have been a hot topic for us during the warm weather with some residents, adjusting to their general waste bin being collected fortnightly.

A ‘Community Nappy Trial’ conducted by Lake Macquarie City Council showed that the odour of bins containing nappies at the end of a fortnight were no worse than the odour of regular general waste bins at the end of a week. Furthermore, the trial showed that odour does not significantly increase with time, nor with the number of nappies in the bin.

 On a 3-Bin system there is an extra 120 litres of capacity each week in each household across your bins, so if your waste is being sorted correctly there should be ample space for nappies and everything else.

If you have more than two people in nappies though you may require extra space. Please contact us and we can point you in the right direction.

There are several things you can do to help minimise the odour in your bin: Always dispose of the solid the contents of the nappy down the toilet before putting it in your bin.

Wrap the nappy into itself using the tabs. Store the red lidded general waste bin in the shade and out of direct sunlight if possible.

Make sure your red lidded general waste bin lid closes properly and there are no cracks in the bin sides. If your bin is broken or cracked, contact Council to request a repair or replacement.

Consider using odour neutralising products in your red lid bin, including cat litter, crystals or bicarbonate of soda, place it in a stocking and hang it on the inside of the red lid bin, tying the stocking to the bin lid handle. Placing nappies in the FOGO bin is unacceptable.

For a comprehensive A-Z searchable list to help sort your bins correctly, click on the link on this website.

If you would like to consider using modern cloth nappies give us a call on 9711 1053.

We have education officers who have lived and breathed the cloth nappy experience and would be happy to help you on an individual basis.