Disposing Disposable diapers

Many times persons have problems disposing disposable diapers. Incorrect disposal of disposable diapers can cause severe environmental problems. People can be seen throwing disposable baby diapers in bulk (that is many disposables) into our rivers or water bodies which will definitely lead to pollution. Using reusable diapers on a daily basis or reusable swim diaper at the appropriate time can be an effective alternative. Or try to properly dispose the diaper.

The process of disposing disposable diapers

This process we all know can be a tedious one for some persons but we should all try to conquer it. Because we have to consider the ecological impact of the diaper waste as they (disposable diapers) can take many hundreds of years to break down in any landfill. However those diapers that have on their label, ecologically friendly or biodegradable are more environmentally friendly.

Step 1

You should try as much as possible to get a diaper pail to store the used diapers in order to keep that waste apart or away from your other garbage and food waste. Diaper pails are good at keeping down the diaper odors.

Step 2

You should ensure that you first get rid of the solid waste from the diaper by using a glove to place it in your toilet. The diaper should be properly rolled in a tactful way and then placed in the diaper pail. This will reduce odor, bacteria and even the size of the diaper and so the diaper pail will not fill up so easily. Flush the toilet with the solid waste. The diaper should be placed into the pail by use of a foot pedal because opening the lid with your gloves on hand can infect the lid of the pail and spread germs.

Also place used disposable glove in the diaper pail.

Step 3

When the diaper pail is full you should remove the filled bag.  Make sure you tie the bag then properly take it out of the pail. Next you need to transfer it to the bin on the outside.

Step 4

Sanitize your diaper pail thoroughly both inside and outside, and dry it before putting a new bag in it. During sanitation use some bleach or disinfectant of your choice to kill any lingering germ or bacteria. Additionally you can spray or add some baking soda to absorb any lingering unpleasant smell.

When the outside trash can is filled up there are some persons who wait on the garbage truck to collect it, or they take it to some central garbage sorting. And there are those who do composting of their garbage at home.

Now if you do composting at home you should not dump the entire diaper into the compost heap.

This should be done: With your gloves on hold one diaper above the compost heap and tear it open beginning at the front side. Do this for all your diaper. The inside filling is compostable as it is most times made of wood pulp and sodium polyacrylate. Set the rest of diaper lining, the plastic and the paper aside, as it is not compostable. These should be placed back with your other garbage that cannot be composted. Take them to the landfill to be disposed of.

They are not to be disposed in the rivers, streams or canals. Even though your government may do clean-ups and provide waste bins and waste drums to place them in, many persons develop a bad habit to throw them into some water bodies. It is estimated that well over a million diapers are thrown into some rivers on a daily basis. The Ecological Observation and Wetland Conservation of Indonesia states that “diapers create more pollution than plastic bag.” They have also found plastic fibers in many of the fishes examined in their research work. These plastic fibers seem to be from diapers. Additionally they have said that whenever the fish swallow pieces of plastic it can be transferred to their meat and then when humans eat these fishes and these fibers can be transferred to their bodies. And so it is very important that we properly dispose disposable diapers.

In some countries people even go as far as leaving their bag of diapers on the side walk of the road. This should not be done. We should be aware that hundreds and thousands of diaper are bought and used every day. If they are not correctly disposed then the human waste and chemicals that is within the diaper can seep into the water system and cause pollution and increase health problem.

Apparently there may be help on the horizon as it relates to the environmental problems because many of the stakeholders have realized that many are not responsible with the disposal of diaper. So they have come up with some small but tactful way of helping the environment.

The Solution

  •  There are some diaper companies that are now making their disposable diapers 50 percent smaller and there by cutting down on the amount of waste in the diapers.
  • There are also those making diapers that are biodegradable and eco friendly.
  • The stakeholders continue to carry out researches on diaper recycling to see how it could be used to improve disposal issues in the industry.

How to dispose disposable diapers if you are not at home or on the go.

  • You should always walk with or drive with your ziploc bags. These will come in handy
  • When you have changed the baby, tightly wrap up the diaper and placed it in one of the ziploc bags. This will prevent some bad scent and bacteria from spreading. You now need to find a trash bin that accepts dirty diapers to place it in.
  • Wash your hands and properly sanitize them before touching anything.
  • If you are on a plane then we all know it is not business as usual. Please be advised that the flight attendant is not allowed to handle your baby diaper during the food service period as he/she needs to handle food.
  • Wrap the soiled diaper tightly and place it in an airsick bag, provided for each passenger, and seal it tightly. You can then go to the bathroom receptacle in the plane and dispose of the diaper.

Please be advised that I am not a scientist or a doctor. I am a concerned individual who is interested in getting rid of pollution and avoiding it completely.

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