Okay, if you have a newborn you are exempt from this for the moment since newborn poo is runny.
THIS is a toilet/john/crapper/commode/can/porcelin god:
Pretty isn't it?
It's where pee and poo go.
If your sweet little one takes a doody in the disposable diaper, it also goes in there too.
It's easy! Walk to the commode and dump the turd in. If it gets stuck use a piece of toilet paper to gently coax it in. (Oh, please, don't give me that ewww look. You just got finished wiping your baby's butt AND you wipe your own tush after you defecate...hopefully anyway).
THIS is a trash/garbage bin:
They come in many shapes and sizes. Though you really should recycle your paper, glass, and cans -- those items plus organic matter OTHER THAN human feces and dead pets (please give Tweetie a decent burial) can go in it.
Once you start solids or if your formula fed baby makes fairly solid poops, for the love of all that is good in this world, STOP throwing your diapers in the trash with solid poops! EWWWW.
Okay once more with feeling.
Poop in the poop chute.
Trash in the trash bin.
Of course, I urge you to switch to cloth so that there aren't plastic diapers fluttering in the breeze in the landfills, but AT LEAST follow this poop rule!
And don't give me that lame-o excuse -- "its going to the landfill anyway", or "whats the big deal what about the pee?" -- you are just being lazy. Pee can be forgiven since it is locked in the chemical gel. Newborn runny poop and diahrhea forgiveable and understandable if using disposables. Ideally all waste should go to sewagetreatment. But we aren't talking about that are we? We are talking about solid human waste and at least in a public place you are IN THE BATHROOM already. How hard is it to throw the feces in the damn toilet? Don't put feces in the trash. Unless you are fine with just anyone take a dump in the dumpster, why do you think its okay to put a baby's obviously solid (albeit flattened) poop in there?
American public health association
Health and Environmental Hazards of Disposable Diapers
Policy Date: 1/1/1989
Policy Number: 8910
The American Public Health Association,
Realizing that disposable diapers account for over three million tons or about 2 percent of the solid waste stream annually in the United States; 1 and
Recognizing that over 16 billion disposable diapers enter landfills in the US every year; 2 and
Knowing that the sales of adult incontinence products are rising to meet the needs of the elderly in the community and institutions; 2 and
Knowing that as landfill space decreases there is increasing emphasis placed on waste reduction and recycling; 1,4 and
Acknowledging that the World Health Organization advocates adequate disposal of human excreta; 5 and
Knowing that more than 100 different enteric viruses, including polio and hepatitis6 are known to be excreted in human feces and that these viruses can live for months after the stool has passed from the body; and
Realizing that the product labels instructing consumers to empty the feces into the toilet before disposing of the diaper are not commonly followed by consumers; 1 and
Knowing that human excreta entering the waste stream via disposable diapers pose potential health risks to sanitation workers and threaten to contaminate groundwater if landfills are not properly constructed; 7,8 therefore
1. Supports public education to educate consumers about diapering choices and their potential environmental consequences so that they can make an informed choice;
2. Supports consumer education so that if disposable diapers are used, the users dispose of them in a prudent manner so as to minimize the risk of disease transmission;
3. Supports research on the health implications of disposal of disposable diapers in the solid waste stream;
4. Encourages disposable diaper manufacturers to modify products to develop a recyclable product or one that generates less solid waste;
5. Encourages disposable diaper manufacturers to provide better instructions on the packaging about the proper disposal method of human excreta;
6. Urges manufacturers of disposable diapers to act responsibly in marketing their products; and
7. Supports research on the health, safety, and handling of various types of diapers (home-laundered, cloth diaper services, and disposable diapers) in day care settings in order to guide the development of standards for these settings.
1. Lehrburger C: Diapers in the Waste Stream: A Review of Waste Management and Public Policy Issues. Sheffield, MA: National Association of Diaper Services, 1988.
2. Hinds M: Do disposable diapers ever go away? New York Times December 10, 1988;33.
3. Williams M, Pannill F: Urinary incontinence in the elderly. Ann Intern Med 1982;97(6):895-907.
4. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Public Law 94-580. October 1976.
5. World Health Organization: Health for All. Geneva: WHO, 1987.
6. Ware SA: A Survey of Pathogen Survival during Municipal Solid Waste and Manure Treatment Processes. EPA Report 600/8-80-034. Washington, DC: Ebon Research Systems, 1980.
7. Peterson ML: Solid disposable diapers A potential source of viruses. Am J Public Health 1974;64:912-914.
8. Turnberg N: Human Infection Risks Associated with Infectious Disease Agents in the Waste Stream: A Literature Review. Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Ecology, 1989.
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