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Can you recycle diapers?

Can you recycle diapers?

We get a lot of questions about what can and can not be recycled. I can’t believe this Where Can I Wednsday edition is a reader question, but it is.

Those tiny humans produce a lot of waste. Can you recycle disposable diapers?

Can you recycle diapers?

The short answer is NO. 

Somehow, diapers, clean and dirty – end up in recycling bins. You CANNOT recycle diapers – esepcially dirty diapers – in single stream recycling. You’re not only contaminating the recycling stream, but you’re contaminating the recycling stream with (literal) shit. 

Disposable diapers are trash, not recycling.

A way better alternative is cloth diapers  – they’re cheaper, are more sustainable and have other advantages. Dr. Arnott shared her cloth diaper journey on Green Philly if you want the details.

Plus, you CAN compost certain types of cloth (reusable) diapers at the end of their use.

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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