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Real nappy campaign

The council offers an incentive scheme to encourage the use of reusable nappies.

Why use real nappies?

There are many reasons to use real nappies including:

  • they are easy to use
  • they save you money
  • they are easy to wash
  • they come in lots of styles and designs
  • they can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
  • help combat and reduce climate change

Incentive scheme

The council offers a £30 one off cash back scheme per child on the purchase of real nappies. This is how it works:

  1. purchase your real nappies (a minimum purchase of £30 exactly is required per child)
  2. keep an original receipt of your purchased real nappies
  3. send a letter including your personal details and the original receipt to the below address
  4. wait to receive your £30 cash back

The Policy Team
Enterprise plc
Waste and Environmental Services
Hickman Avenue

Nappy facts

  • Parents using real nappies are able to reduce their waste - This is according to an Environment Agency report that looked at the environmental impacts of both real nappies and disposables.
  • If you follow the Real Nappy Campaigns top tips your global warming impact would be less than when using disposable nappies.
  • Parents are recommended to wash soiled nappies in full loads at 60 degrees using low energy rated washing machines, allowing them to dry naturally wherever possible. Washable nappies do not need to be soaked prior to washing and do not need ironing.
  • Home laundered nappies could save parents up to £500 on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies
  • Nearly three billion disposable nappies are thrown away in the UK every year creating over 690,000 tons of nappy waste
  • For each baby born, it costs approximately £610 in disposable nappies from birth to potty, if a parent used real nappies it would cost around £185 giving a saving of about £425 per baby. In Wolverhampton there are in the region of 3,500 babies born per year therefore almost £1.5m is wasted on disposable nappies.
  • Using real nappies can mean significant gains for the environment both in reduced greenhouse gases and household waste sent to landfill or incineration.
  • The UK currently throws away around 3 billion disposable nappies every year. They are estimated to weigh 690,000 tonnes most of which are landfilled where they generate methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. 

For more information please contact Customer Services.