Help Reduce our Community Waste! Introduce a Cloth Nappy Rebate for the Lockyer Valley

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Each day 2.1 million disposable nappies end up in landfill in Australia. The plastics used in manufacturing these diapers take between 200-500 years to break down in landfill.

This statistic is what drove me to incite change within our community. The way I plan to do this is to petition my region to introduce a cloth nappy rebate scheme based off the rebates offered by other councils. I have organised a meeting with the mayor of the Lockyer Valley, Councillor Tanya Milligan to discus the possibility of this change, and I intend to use this petition, as well as other sources, as supporting evidence to help convince her that this is a worthwhile cause. 

When disposables are causing this much harm to our environment even on a global scale, clearly reducing our waste through use of reusable items is the answer. The days of terry towels and safety pins are over, and although still the preferred method for some, have been replaced by modern cloth nappies (MCNs). Modern cloth nappies are one size fits all due to their handy snaps that increase and reduce sizing, and one set will last a child from infancy through to toilet training. In fact, with proper care, your cloth diapers have the potential to last you from infancy to toilet training in multiple children, saving you a lot of money in the long run. The average Australian spends around $3200 on disposable nappies alone for their child's first two years of life. Whereas a basic set of 30 one size fits most modern cloth nappies from a budget friendly brand such as Alva will only set you back around $250. 

If introduced this scheme would offer a 50% rebate on all reusable sanitary items. This includes nappies, wipes, breast pads, menstrual pads and cups. This would cut upfront costs and ensure low income families have the option to use reusable options instead of contributing to the extensive amount of waste produced. 

As a woman and a mother to a beautiful baby girl I am extremely passionate about waste reduction in order to procure a more stable and green future for our children.