If you're a new parent, diapers will be a big part of family life for the foreseeable future. There are a number of ways to handle diaper duty, but investing in a disposable diaper handling system like the Diaper Genie may be a bit excessive, especially if you have qualms about contributing more volume than necessary to the local landfill. It takes about 500 years for a disposable diaper to biodegrade in landfill, and the average baby goes through 5,000 to 9,000 diapers. When you add the extra layers of plastic contributed by diaper bundling systems, you aren't doing your great, great, great grandchildren (there are quite a few more greats here) any favors. Good daily maintenance and a garbage pail with a lid and foot lever will work great -- and costs a lot less, too.