Councils are making up to £100,000 a year with the new ‘nappy tax’ as more families with babies are being forced to pay an extra charge for ‘special bins’.
Parents across England and Wales are being forced by local authorities to pay up to £62 to take away nappies as part of their household waste.
The charges – for either larger bins or special plastic sacks – have been slammed as being unfair on families, also provoking fears that they will encourage fly-tipping.
In Dorset alone seven councils are demanding the payments – potentially raising up to £100,000 a year in extra income.
The highest fees in Britain are in Northumberland, where families already have to pay £62 for larger bins.
Across the country, at least ten councils are imposing charges.
Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson who has a three-year-old son, told MailOnline : ‘This ‘nappy tax’ is unfair on new parents.
“Family finances are often at their most stretched with the arrival of a new baby, due to reduced pay during parental leave and the costs associated with a newborn.
“The last thing parents need is to be whacked by extra charges from the council.”
The charges were introduced in Dorset last week. Families who tell their council they need a bigger bin for babies’ nappies will have to pay £33. The fee rises to £55 for families who are new to the area.
Special nappy sacks that were previously free will cost £13 for 26.
Dorset Waste Partnership will not collect bins that do not close shut, making it difficult for families who try to squeeze nappies in with the rest of their household waste. Also if your bin is so full it is deemed littering, councils can issue fixed penalty notices of around £60 to £80 under the Environmental Protection Act.
Karyn Punchard, Director for the Dorset Waste Partnership, said: “The new charges will make an estimated annual saving of £80,000 to £100,000 for local councils, but it’s important to note that the service changes are entirely optional and charges will only apply to successful applicants.”
Mother-of-three Wendy Richards, who uses reusable cloth nappies, says a nappy bin charge is “understandable”.
“The average baby goes through a huge amount of nappies,” she says. “People don’t realise how much landfill waste that is. Someone’s got to pay for it.”
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Source: www.mirror.co.uk/ www.bbc.co.uk/news