We all know that local authorities are strapped for cash but one local authority is demanding that parents produce their children's birth certificates if they wish the council to collect dirty nappies.
You couldn't make it up.
According to the Telegraph, the council says Anglesey's waste management teams have "evidence that most children are potty-trained between ages two and three" and thus wants parents to prove their child's age in order to justify continued use of the nappy disposal service.
A fortnightly nappy collection will only be provided to families with children up to three years old. In other words, once your child turns three you could be denied the nappy disposal service and expected to hang on to your soiled nappies until the normal household bin collection every three weeks
The move is part of a bid to "meet recycling targets and avoid being fined by the Welsh Government", according to the paper.
Whoever thought this up obviously didn't consider the needs of disabled children or those who wear nappies past the age of three, either.
As the mother of a potty-trained three-year-old who still wears nappies at night, I'd utterly object to the idea of having to thrust my child's birth certificate in someone's face in order to justify my use of the waste management service when it comes to disposing of nappies. I don't much fancy the idea of storing up the seven nappies we use per week until there are 21 of them waiting for the three-weekly collection, either.
What's your view on this story? If you use disposable nappies, how do you dispose of them? And how would you feel about having to show your child's birth certificate or face being denied a nappy disposal service after your child's third birthday?
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