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Parents – take up real nappies – 17 May 2011

Mums and dads across Merseyside are today urged to do their bit for the environment as the annual campaign to persuade parents to avoid disposable nappies gets underway.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) says more than one billion nappies have been thrown away on Merseyside since they were introduced in the 1960s and that it could take up to 300 years for them all to rot away.

MWDA chief executive Carl Beer said: “Like so many things, the choice about nappies is about balancing the immediate benefits with the long term cost. Disposable nappies maybe easy to use but they can take centuries to rot away and all add to the cost of landfill. It’s not much of a legacy for any child.

“There’s is a greater choice of washable nappies on the market than ever before, they can be used again and again and, for parents with more than one child, there are significant savings to be made by using them.”

Real Nappy Week runs May 16th to 22nd. More advice on using real nappies is available on

Note to Editors:

Merseyside’s recycling and composting rate last year was 34%.

MWDA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and provides 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities.

Disposable nappies consist of complex and environmentally damaging products which include plastics and absorbent gel.