Dirty Nappies Cause a Stink

New South Wales mums and dads are driving a smelly litter trend with disposable nappies accounting for nearly half of miscellaneous rubbish.

Car parks and highways were the most common dumping grounds for dirty nappies, according to the National Litter Index interim report.

It found used nappies comprised more than 10 of 21.6 litres/1000m2 of miscellaneous rubbish tossed in public places across NSW.


Some disposable nappies take up to 500 years to biodegrade.

Nationally, the National Litter Index interim report revealed disposable nappies accounted for nearly 20 per cent of the 152 litres/1000m2 of miscellaneous litter surveyed in November, 2014.  Dirty nappies were the third biggest problem after construction materials and tyres.


  • Australians use around 5.6 million disposable nappies per day.
  • Two billion used disposable nappies go into landfill per year in Australia.
  • Scientists estimate disposable nappies can take up to 500 years to decompose.
  • In Australia, 95% of parents use disposable nappies

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