The waste and recycling team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council has started the scheme to encourage parents to put all their babies’ waste in their green bins at home – as nappies cannot be recycled.
Each year in the East Riding, more than 250 tonnes of nappies are placed incorrectly in residents’ blue bins and sent to recycling plants – where they can contaminate recycling and lead to increased costs for the council.
To help prevent this, the waste and recycling team has joined forces with the area’s registrars to launch the new educational campaign aimed at new mums and dads.
All parents of newborn babies will now receive a ‘Congratulations’ card full of waste and recycling advice at the time they register the birth.
From this spring those parents will also receive a free pack of nappy sacks to encourage them to use the green bin.
The card and nappy sacks form part of a ‘Welcome To The World’ package which the area’s registrars give to parents to accompany their baby’s birth certificate.
New mum Elaine Teal was one of the first to receive the recycling pack when she registered the birth of her baby, Dylan, at Beverley register office.
Elaine said: “I think it’s a great idea because it gives clear advice about what to do with baby waste, because it can be confusing sometimes. I’ll definitely be putting Dylan’s nappies in our green bin.”
Nappies placed in the green bin won’t go to landfill. All waste collected from green bins is processed into Refuse Derived Fuel, which is used in the generation of electricity.
When residents put any kind of waste in the wrong bin, this contamination can cost East Riding of Yorkshire Council around £350,000 a year.
Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “Residents in the East Riding are the top recyclers in England so I’ve no doubt they will get behind our nappy campaign and help us to cut down on this contamination.
“We currently recycle 64.5% of all household waste, but if everyone made sure they put their waste in the correct bin we could recycle even more.”
For more information about waste and recycling visit the website: www.eastriding.gov.uk/bins
For information about registration services visit the website: www.eastriding.gov.uk/living