Would you dump your baby’s dirty nappy on the roadside?

PARENTS are dumping dirty nappies in car parks and on the side of highways, in what has been described as a "shocking" and "smelly" trend.

Keep Australia Beautiful's National Litter Index interim report has found disposable nappies accounted for almost half of the miscellaneous rubbish in New South Wales.

The report revealed dirty nappies comprised more than 10 litres out of the 21.6 litres/1000m2 of miscellaneous rubbish thrown out in public places.

Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive, Peter McLean, said parents were setting a "shocking example" for their children.

Would you dump your baby’s dirty nappy on the roadside?

This poll ended on 25 May 2015.

Current Results

Ew! No!

87%

I'd rather not, but it's not staying in the car with me!

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Presumably, many soiled nappies are thrown out of cars because, like cigarette butts, they smell," he said.

"Apart from being unhygienic, it is bad for the environment with some disposable nappies taking up to 500 years to biodegrade."

Cigarette butts and fast food packaging still account for the majority of rubbish dumped in public places, but Mr McLean said dirty nappies was a "sizeable" issue.

"Disposable nappies are now so absorbent that even small varieties swell to become relatively large and heavy," he said.

"They take up more room in landfill which is why they are rapidly becoming an emerging litter trend when it comes to volume of waste."

Australians use around 5.6 million disposable nappies per day, with two billion used disposable nappies going into landfill every year.



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