Every year approximately 1400 tonnes of nappy waste are sent to landfill from Tamworth. Nappies make up 4% of the total household waste. It is estimated they will take between 200 and 500 years to decompose. A baby will have approximately 2,000 nappy changes a year which could cost you £800 per child. It takes large amounts of resources including trees, oil and chemicals to produce disposable nappies for the British market.
There is an alternative… Reusable cloth nappies. They are simple and easy to use, washable at 60 degrees and can be tumble dried. They can not only save you money but can also help to protect the environment. They are also on average less expensive than disposables and can be used for more than one child. A cloth nappy system including home laundry can cost from as little as £200. Staffordshire County Council are working with in partnership with local cloth nappy providers to encourage people to use reusable nappies. A financial reward of up to £30 per child is available for using cloth nappies.
For further information please go to: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbishwasteandrecycling/nappies
If you live in a different area there might be a nappy incentive for you too! There is a list of councils and groups that offer money off or free trials at the Natural Nursery who can also help you with any paperwork you need to claim money back for nappies.