Which type of waste do diapers belong to?

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thomas93

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When it comes to selective waste collection, where do they belong to? Assuming plastic backed diapers.

degradable/food
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plastic
paper

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Thomas
 

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I put all my dirty diapers into blue medical waste bags so no one(hobos) accidentally tear into a bag of nasty while they dumpsterdive.
 

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Dirty diapers belong in the garbage.

However, there are programs that collect diapers separately for recycling. Usually these companies service daycares and the like, and sometimes local residents can participate. You could look into that. It would be more effort than curbside pickup, though. Additionally, if you remove the plastic backing, in most cases the rest of the diaper can be composted in your own compost bin (but it not suitable for municipal collection).
 

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Dirty diapers belong in the garbage.

However, there are programs that collect diapers separately for recycling. Usually these companies service daycares and the like, and sometimes local residents can participate. You could look into that. It would be more effort than curbside pickup, though. Additionally, if you remove the plastic backing, in most cases the rest of the diaper can be composted in your own compost bin (but it not suitable for municipal collection).

Remove the backing all you want. The diaper still contains human waste. It is bio-hazard no matter how you look at it. That being said, they need to go to either a landfill, or a facility that can incinerate them. Question my position on the environment all you want, but, my soiled diapers go straight to the landfill...
 

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Remove the backing all you want. The diaper still contains human waste. It is bio-hazard no matter how you look at it. That being said, they need to go to either a landfill, or a facility that can incinerate them. Question my position on the environment all you want, but, my soiled diapers go straight to the landfill...

There are recycling companies that don't seem to be worried about any biological problems...and I personally see no reason to second-guess that, if they are approved to operate. I wouldn't say that's an environmental question.

But that case aside, sure, I agree that in general they are household waste and should be taken to the garbage dump.
 

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When it comes to selective waste collection, where do they belong to? Assuming plastic backed diapers.

degradable/food
unsorted
plastic
paper

Cheers,
Thomas

The best option would be to ask your waste collection agency. I am sure that this is not the first time that they have been asked this question...
 

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Diapers belong in the one where the collection company says. Mine currently goes in the standard garbage same as the previous place.
 
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The best option would be to ask your waste collection agency. I am sure that this is not the first time that they have been asked this question...

This ^

My town does a very nice job on their website outlining specifically what goes where.
 
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