---Did you know that each year approximately 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown into U.S. landfills? That is about 4,275,000 tons of disposable diapers trucked to landfills each year.
---Did you know that these diapers carry untreated body excrement, which may carry over 100 intestinal viruses, and can contribute to groundwater contamination.
--With the average U.S. landfill tipping fee about $27 per ton of material (some landfills are over $100 per ton), and the average transportation cost to landfills about $48 per ton, we pay an average of $75 per ton or $350 million annually in the U.S. to get rid of single-use diapers." (Information taken from Library of Awareness)
--Did you know know that disposable diapers use nearly 100,000 tons of plastic and 800,000 tons of pulp derived from trees, each year to make their product. Over 3 billion gallons of oil and 250,000 trees, each year, are used to manufacture disposables.
I think it is important to draw attention to this matter. Every person that uses cloth diapers is helping make a significant environmental change. I think that instead of paying for more landfills through taxpayers’ dollars that a tax credit should be granted to all families who can show a receipt for the use of cloth diapers and/or diaper service.
Let's also increase the tax for single use diapers to offset the rebates and to recognize that by population, diapers make up the 3rd largest contributor to landfills.
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