Ditch the disposables and 'get real'

Release Date: 18 April 2017

New mums and dads in the borough are encouraged to ditch disposable nappies and try out real ones to be in with the chance of winning a free £60 nappy voucher.

The initiative to support young families will be launched next week, as part of the UK wide Real Nappy Week, which starts on 24 April.

Modern cotton reusable nappies may be healthier for babies and can save parents a substantial amount of money. They are modern, convenient to use and with no need to use pins as many have ‘Velcro’ or poppers. A wide variety of cloth nappies are now available with cute, colourful designs.

Whilst they are expensive, disposable nappies are also considered very harmful for the environment.

West London Waste is offering residents a chance to win a £60 nappy voucher plus an accessory kit. Residents can participate by taking a photo of their unused disposable nappies and posting their photo to Facebook or Twitter with the caption “Ready to Try”. Use #TheBottomLine, remembering to tag @WestLondonWaste.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The financial benefits to families of using washable nappies are clear – once they’ve been bought they can be used again and again. Disposables, though convenient, clog up bins and end up being dumped in general waste."

“I know babies are a joy for families but looking after them can be expensive. In Richmond we’re committed to reducing waste and encouraging re-use whenever possible. Why not use this opportunity to try reusable nappies that are cheaper and help to keep the borough a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

West London Waste Authority (WLWA) is a statutory waste disposal authority. WLWA is responsible for disposing of waste collected by the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.

For more information, visit Recycling Schemes.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P175/17

Updated: 28 April 2017