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A council in Wales has made a major U-turn on its decision to refuse to collect the nappies of children aged three and older as part of its new nappy collection service, after previously saying children should have been potty-trained by this age.
Parents caused a stink after being told by the Isle of Anglesey Council in September that they must prove their child is under the age of three by showing their child’s birth certificate or risk not getting their soiled nappies included in a new nappy collection service, starting in October.
As a result of parents' anger, the council has now scrapped what parents called its 'potty' rules and issued a statement that "senior waste management officers have listened to parents’ concerns".
It said children up to the age of four are now eligible to receive the service and parents won’t have to provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
It also stated: "Any applications for a child over four years of age will be considered on a case by case basis, as would have happened for children over three previously."
Head of highways, waste management and property, Dewi Williams said: “We’ve listened to the concerns expressed by parents in recent days, and as a result will make changes to the service.”
Before 1 October, nappies were collected as part of the council’s black bin service every two weeks. The council's new fortnightly nappy collection service was originally available to families with children under the age of three with parents of older children having to put dirty nappies in their household waste, which would be collected once every three weeks.
At the time, a spokesman for the Isle of Anglesey County Council justified the original council rule by saying: “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. Requesting a copy of a child’s birth certificate will allow us to monitor the number of children benefiting from the service and their respective ages.”
In response to residents’ concerns that some children including those with disabilities are being discriminated against because they may wear nappies well after the age of three , the spokesman said: “Another service is available for individuals who are unwell or have medical needs, called the Offensive Non-infectious Household Waste Collection.
"This service is available upon request from the relevant healthcare provider, via a prescribed application form."