What to do with diapers?
by: Katharine Clarkson, Waste Reduction Programs Coordinator
Waste changes are officially here! From weekly garbage collection to garbage every other week with recycling and green bin collection every week. Waste collection in Waterloo Region has changed drastically.
Although the majority of our household waste can be diverted to either the blue box or the green bin, one common item cannot: Diapers.
As a result families with young children using disposable diapers will produce more waste. Luckily, there are means to reduce diaper waste and still meet the new garbage limits.
Choose reusable diapers with liners
The best and most obvious way to reduce your household waste is to replace those disposable diapers with reusable ones. Although reusable diapers are initially more expensive, they are cost effective for prolonged use.
To make using reusable diapers more convenient, consider buying disposable diaper liners to use in reusable diapers. Disposable liners will still produce waste that must go into the garbage but liner waste will be significantly less than using disposable diapers. This hybrid alternative may be enticing for those unsure about using reusable diapers. For more information and helpful tips on using reusable diapers, visit the Real Diaper Association.
Take diapers to the landfill
If reusable diapers are definitely not an option for you, there are other opportunities to reduce your diaper waste. The Region of Waterloo will accept diapers in clear bags at either the Waterloo or Cambridge transfer station. While perhaps an inconvenient route for some families, directly dropping diapers off is one option to reduce your weekly household waste drastically if you are having difficulty meeting the new limits.
Aside from the free diaper drop off, there are no other free options for disposing of diapers other than in your own garbage. Nevertheless, using the blue box and green bin can reduce your household waste by over 60%, leaving plenty of room within the biweekly four-bag limit for diapers!
To prepare your home and diapers for bi-weekly garbage pick up, consider using a diaper pail (Diaper Genie being a commonly known model) or another means of containment to manage the smell of soiled diapers. Emptying your diaper pail and putting the contained diapers in another bag or container is a sure way to continue to keep smells and pests away.
What do you do?
Do you have any tips to share on using cloth diapers? Or how to manage using disposables with the new rules and schedule? Share in the comment section below!