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Nappy waste

Use the right bin

When dealing with nappies there are so many different types available the choice can be overwhelming. We know that the information about how to dispose of used nappies can also be confusing so here is all the information you need in north London.

Don’t get caught out

If you’ve decided to use disposable nappies make sure you throw them away with the rubbish. Even nappies that say they are biodegradable cannot be recycled in north London. So never put used disposable nappies in with your recycling. Your recycling may not be collected if you do, leaving you with a bin full of dirty nappies to deal with.

To find out what you can recycle in your borough click here. Just remember – no nappies in the recycling. But no matter which borough you live in in north London you can recycle the following items:

  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays  
  • clean foil and foil trays 
  • empty aerosols 
  • glass bottles and jars 
  • food tins and drinks cans 
  • cardboard and paper 

For more information about your local waste collections you should contact your council or visit their website.

Get real

Rather than throwing away disposable nappies you could try using real (reusable) nappies. Modern reusable nappies are easy to use, kinder to the environment and could save you money. If you live in north London you can also claim £54.15 towards the cost of buying real nappies.  

You can find more information about using real nappies, including stories from north London parents, and claim your real nappies voucher here.

Why does it matter?

If the wrong things – like used nappies - end up in the recycling instead of the rubbish bin the recycling is ‘contaminated’. That means that someone has the unpleasant job of removing anything that shouldn't be in the recycling (including used nappies) by hand. This costs time and tax payers' money. But if contamination levels are too high then recyclable material ends up being thrown away instead of being sold and used to make new products. 

Every year thousands of tonnes of recycling have to be thrown away in north London because of contamination by non-recyclable items, including used nappies. This costs taxpayers even more money and is bad for the environment.

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