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COUNCILS SUPPORT GREEN BABIES

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Councils across England are supporting Real Nappy Week's 10th Anniversary in a bid to encourage more families to us...
Councils across England are supporting Real Nappy Week's 10th Anniversary in a bid to encourage more families to use reusable nappies instead of disposable ones and help save the environment.

Hundreds of councils are holding special events throughout Real Nappy Week, from 24 to 30 April, to highlight the advantages of using washable nappies rather than throw away ones to help them tackle the growing 'nappy mountain'.

Nearly three billion nappies are thrown away in the UK each year with 90% ending up in landfill. Nappy disposal costs each local authority hundreds of thousands of pounds a year and landfill sites are becoming increasingly rare and expensive to use.

Some examples of how councils are supporting real nappy week:

- East Sussex County Council - is offering free starter packs of washable nappies to all babies born during real nappy week. It is also running nappy road shows.

- Buckinghamshire County Council - will launch Bucks Childminders Real Nappy Library Kits and is also offering '£30 cash backs' to the first thirty Bucks childminders who switch to using real nappies in their childminding business.

- North West Leicestershire District Council - is holding 'Nappuccinos', free coffee mornings where families can find out more about real nappies.

Chair of the LGA Environment Board, Cllr David Sparks, said: 'It's fantastic that over 80% of UK councils are supporting this year's Real Nappy Week and highlighting the environmental benefits of using reusable nappies.

'Nearly eight million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK. By opting for washables, as well as saving waste, parents can save an estimated£500 on the cost of nappies for one baby. It can cost at little as£50 to get kitted out with real nappies.

'Many councils run year-round cash incentive schemes encouraging parents to use reusable nappies. Paying families to take up reusables gives them the chance to save money, understand they are almost as easy to use as disposable ones and helps reduce damage to the environment in the process.

'Councils are working hard to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill but ultimately we must make sure less waste is produced in the first place. Reusable nappies are the only way to prevent the nappy mountain landfill problem.'

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