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KEEP Australia Beautiful’s Peter McLean says ACT mums and dads are driving a smelly litter trend with disposable nappies accounting for 25 per cent of miscellaneous rubbish.
Highways were the most common dumping grounds for dirty nappies in ACT, according to the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index interim report.
It found used nappies comprised more than 1 of 4.4 litres/1000m2 of miscellaneous rubbish tossed in public places across the Territory.
“It’s a shocking example for parents to be setting their children,” Peter said.
“Presumably, many soiled nappies are thrown out of cars because, like cigarette butts, they smell.
“Apart from being unhygienic, it is bad for the environment with some disposable nappies taking up to 500 years to biodegrade.
“Parents are not considering the fact that it will be their own children who will have to clean up environmental damage caused by dirty nappies left to rot along roadsides and in other public places.”