Bed Pads Landfill (Trash) Cart Proper Disposal First, dispose of any solid material in the toilet. Then, place the bed pad in a tightly sealed bag to prevent leakage and reduce odors before disposing curbside. Ways to Reduce Go Reusable If possible, consider switching from disposable diapers to reusable cloth diapers. For more on how to store and clean dirty cloth diapers, check out Healthline’s helpful tips. Have Extra Unused Diapers? New diapers can be donated through the National Diaper Bank Network. Visit their website for more information. Did You Know? The Life of a Diaper Although disposable diapers are used for a matter of hours, it is estimated that a single diaper can take more than 500 years to decompose in a landfill.