Recycle Packaging With Plastic Bags
Do not recycle diaper packaging with hard plastics. The packaging can get caught in machines at the recycling facility. Instead, recycle diaper packaging with plastic bags. Find out more.
Empty, Wrap & Dispose
Empty excess waste into a toilet, if possible. Then tape the diaper shut and place in a sealable bag, or close the bag that comes with your diaper pail or genie — wrapping up the diaper will contain the smell and keep away flies. Throw the wrapped diaper in the trash.
Ways to Reduce
Switch to Cloth Diapers
Consider switching to cloth diapers. They are more eco-friendly than disposables because you can wash and reuse them. They can also save you money and help your child potty train more quickly, and are free of the dyes and chemicals found in most disposable diapers.
If possible, consider switching from disposable diapers to reusable cloth diapers. For more on how to store and clean dirty cloth diapers, check out Healthline’s helpful tips.
Have Extra Unused Diapers?
New diapers can be donated through the National Diaper Bank Network. Visit their website for more information.
Ways to Reuse
Donate Unused Diapers
If you have unused diapers, or an open package that you don’t want, donate them to charities such as the National Diaper Bank Network. Find out more.