Ban on disposable diapers

Year Published:  1991
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX4254

The town of Saanich, British Columbia, is in the midst of legal battles after passing a bylaw banning the use of disposable diapers. The bylaw came out of concern for the waste disposal problems and health hazards caused by disposable diapers. (A baby will use something like 3,000 pounds of diapers before toilet training. Diapers alone account for about 2 per cent of the contents of landfill sites.) The bylaw would make it an offense to dispose of the diapers, and provides for fines and withdrawal of garbage pickup for repeat offenders. Saanich's action brought swift legal action from Procter & Gamble, which sees the bylaw as a dangerous precedent threatening its $400 million a year market in Canada.

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