By Jennifer Fong and Rebecca SauerbreyABC News | December 4, 2018 11:29amThe last bag you tossed aside could be the last you’re going to throw out of your home.
And with the diaper bag recall, the bags you tossed are being recalled.
The diaper bag was introduced in 2006 and is supposed to be used to pack diapers into reusable, washable plastic bags that can then be thrown away, said Amy Lutz, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
But she said it was never designed to be recycled.
That’s because the diapers are never actually washed.
Lutz said the company is not able to determine the amount of waste that could end up in the landfill.
So, the diapers can end up going to waste, and if that’s your bag, you’ll have to figure out a way to recycle it.
So the diapers don’t have a lot of use for you.
They can be discarded.
But they’re also not good for the environment because they can leach into the environment, said Lori Johnson, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
So if you toss a bag in the trash, it’s just going to go to waste.
And you’ll be tossing the same thing over and over again, she said.
So that’s why I’m kind of surprised to hear that a bag is coming back, Johnson said.
The diapers that are recyclable are usually made from polypropylene.
Polypropylene is the kind that’s used in toilet paper, and there are a lot more diapers in the United States than there are polypropane.
But that plastic is made up of chemicals, so it’s not the same plastic that you’d find in a washing machine, Johnson explained.
And so you’re throwing that out in the waste stream, she added.
Lutz said Diaper Bags are supposed to contain between 20 to 30 percent of the plastic waste that they use.
That’s the amount that goes into the landfill each year, according to Lutz.
So if you throw out 10 to 20 bags a year, that would represent the equivalent of about 100 million bags, she explained.
So there are still tons of diapers in use that are not recyclables.
So they’re just being tossed away, and we want to make sure that the next time you have a diaper bag, that it is the right kind of plastic, Johnson added.
Diaper bags are now being recalled across the country, with some locations having fewer than 20 stores participating.
Some stores in Pennsylvania have recalled all the diapers that were distributed to their customers, including the bag of one that was found in a dumpster in a Philadelphia supermarket.
The U.N. agency is warning consumers that it could lead to higher landfill costs for consumers.