September 20, 2021

After government schemes, parents face a tax on disposable nappies because they make them reusable.

Parents are facing a tax on disposable nappies from the government to make them reusable.

The move is designed to prevent scripts from entering the landfill, but concerns have been raised that hard-working parents could be wrapped up in more time-consuming cleaning.

Parents face a tax on disposable nappies.


Parents face a tax on disposable nappies.Credit: Getty

The plan came as a result of action on throwing plates, cups and cutlery.

It is hoped that a tax will encourage parents to choose cloth nappies that can be washed, reused or biodegradable.

A White House source involved in the policy told the Daily Mail: “The next single used plastic item we are looking at is nappies.

“But you can’t ban them – it will be very difficult for parents. It will need to take some form of taxation.

Justin Roberts of the parent forum Mumsnet warns that reusable nappies require more time for already busy parents.

“It would be good for parents to have affordable options that are green,” he added.

“Ideally, parents want to choose green, but it’s difficult when they are busy and financially expedient and they are struggling to find a moment for themselves.

“Asking parents, and, frankly, these are usually mothers, because the commitment to reuse is a big question.

“No one on Mumsnet doubts the need to take action for the environment, but users need actionable options.”

According to the Recycling Charity Rep, three billion nappies are thrown away each year, accounting for 2 to 3% of the UK’s household waste.

A child reaches about 5,000 in childhood, which is equivalent to 130 large bin bags.

Asking parents, and, frankly, these are usually mothers, because the commitment to reuse is a big question.

Justin Roberts.

Alison Ogden Newton of Cape UK Clean said disposable nappies are made entirely of plastic and cannot be recycled.

“People are still unaware of this. We estimate that one million people are trying to recycle disposable nappies and are causing a lot of pollution.

“It’s an iceberg of contaminated material that is going to landfill and we’re losing entire trucks of recycled waste.

“The first thing we need to do is inform consumers that these products cannot be recycled and that they need to be disposed of in household waste.”

This comes after plastic cotton buds, stalks and straw were already outlawed.

Suraj revealed this month that the government wants to prevent plastic cutlery from taking away outlets and replace it with wooden tools ahead of the November COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

The baby gets through 5,000 nappies in childhood.


The baby gets through 5,000 nappies in childhood.Credit: Getty
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