Scrape baby’s nappy and flush

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un­wanted, un­used or ex­pired medicines to your lo­cal chemist for safe dis­posal.

If you don’t know what to do with bro­ken smart­phones or ob­so­lete tube TVs, don’t send them to the dump. Most elec­tronic equip­ment is con­structed from toxic ma­te­ri­als that not only leach chem­i­cals into our ground, they can be harm­ful for the peo­ple who han­dle our waste too. Many or­gan­i­sa­tions col­lect E-waste (elec­tronic waste) then re­cy­cle it safely and en­vi­ron­men­tally – just ask for a rec­om­men­da­tion on Neigh­bourly or look up waste col­lec­tions for your part of the coun­try on­line.

Par­ents of small hu­mans, did you know that you’re meant to flush your child’s No. 2s down the toi­let be­fore you chuck their nappy in the bin? De­spite the in­struc­tions on the back of nappy boxes, most par­ents throw a nappy and all its con­tents straight into the bin.

I con­ducted a poll of 725 mums on so­cial me­dia and dis­cov­ered that scrap­ing poop out of nap­pies and flush­ing it down the loo had never oc­curred to over 60 per cent of them, while an­other 24 per cent knew they should but didn’t.

Not only do the soiled nap­pies make your nappy bin stink, poo also spreads dis­ease (that’s why we teach our chil­dren to wash their hands af­ter they’ve done their busi­ness) so it makes sense that fae­ces fer­ment­ing in a land­fill is a recipe for poor san­i­ta­tion. Re­mem­ber though: don’t flush baby wipes be­cause they’re not de­signed to break down like toi­let pa­per and can con­trib­ute to blocked sew­ers and ‘‘fat­bergs’’.

Most of New Zealand is blessed with road­side col­lec­tions for ev­ery­day house­hold waste, but if you’re not sure what can be col­lected and what can’t, just ask your lo­cal coun­cil.

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Par­ents, did you know that you’re meant to flush your child’s No. 2s down the toi­let be­fore you chuck their nappy in the bin?

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