Reading Borough Council: Encourage Reusable Nappy Use To Reduce Waste

Reading Borough Council: Encourage Reusable Nappy Use To Reduce Waste

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Caroline Basden started this petition to Reading Borough Council

We, the undersigned would like Reading Borough Council bring back an incentive to use reusable nappies so that less disposable nappies are sent to landfill. Not everyone can afford the initial change and not only will the council save money on landfill costs but people will be able to make the switch easier to end single use plastic.

Please read further details of our proposal below:

Cost of Disposables:


The WRAP website estimates 3 billion disposable nappies a year are thrown away in the UK alone.
Individual babies can go through between 4,000 and 6,000 disposables nappies from birth to potty training (roughly 2.5 years of age).
The WRAP states that by switching to from disposable nappies to cloth reusable nappies a family can reduce their household waste by an average of 750kg/hh/yr.
So over a 2.5 year period between birth and potty training that number becomes 1.875 tonnes of household waste saved from landfill and from cost to the council. (750kg/hh/yr x2.5 years in nappies = 1.875 tonnes per household of waste saved from landfill)
Real Nappies Bristol did a chart which states:
that during the period of newborn to 6 months old a family will bin 48.5 to 60.6 additional 60L bags full of disposable nappies.
From 7 months to 2.5 years a family will bin around 103.3 to 130.3 60L bags of disposables.
These 60L bags per house hold per baby could be saved from landfill if RBC offered a nappy incentive to help families afford nappies and support them in trying to reduce their waste.

Real cloth nappies have a larger up front cost which is why we want RBC to offer the money back scheme so that any parent is able to cloth nappy if they desire.

This money back scheme is a motivational tool for those families who wouldn't normally try cloth and a reward for those families that already do.

In one household RBC could save £166.33 per baby. This number comes from the April 2018 rate of landfill tax at £88.95 per tonne x 1.87 tonnes saved if a family uses cloth nappies.

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