Cloth nappy and reusable sanitary products rebate for Wollongong residents

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Will Wollongong Council consider offering a rebate for reusable nappies and sanitary products to all residents?

The City of Parramatta is currently conducting a 12 month trial of a $150 rebate, toward 50% of the cost of reusable nappies and sanitary products products.

As the mother of a 5 month old, our purchase of 42 cloth nappies will save around 6,000-7,000 nappies from landfill by the time she is toilet trained (Source: Cloth nappies or disposables? We crunched the numbers so you don't have to, ABC News, 24 February 2020).

These environmental savings will also be compounded by the fact that these nappies will still be in good condition and able to be used again by any future children or passed on to family and friends.

To think that every disposable nappy or sanitary pad ever created still exists somewhere in landfill on our planet is astonishing!

Unfortunately, the initial outlay required to use cloth can often be prohibitive for new parents, and I've met many people locally that fully intend to use cloth but struggle to stick with it when they can only afford a small collection of nappies (rather than absorbing the cost of disposables into their weekly shop).

Will Wollongong Council consider offering a rebate for reusable nappies and sanitary products to all residents?