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Parents told to show birth certificates for nappy collections

Parents told to show birth certificates for nappy collections

Nappy changes aren’t the most glamorous of jobs but a necessary childcare task. So imagine being told the binman will only collect them if you show your child’s birth certificate!

Sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s the bizarre situation facing parents in Wales where one council’s decided binmen won’t provide the service unless the child’s proof of age is shown and the child is under three years old. Town hall chiefs in Anglesey say that due to “evidence” most children are potty trained between two and three years old nappies won’t be collected from households with older children.

As the Mirror reports, furious parents argue the new rule fails to take account of different rates of child development, or that some disabled children may still need nappies beyond a certain age.  Parent Steph Roberts is quoted as saying: “I think it's disgraceful that they’ve placed an age limit on the service. I have a three year old who’s currently being potty trained, and I know I’m not the only one in the same situation.” An Anglesey Council spokesman has said: “Evidence collated by our Waste Management Team suggests that most children are potty trained between the ages of two and three. It has therefore been agreed to offer this service up until a child’s third birthday.”

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