Reusable Nappy Program
In May 2022, we invited feedback from all types of nappy users to help us:
- understand the barriers to using reusable nappies (initial cost, convenience, accessibility etc.)
- develop a program that would encourage the use of reusable nappies
- support nappy users in finding ways to save money, care for a baby’s health and look after our environment
By taking time to provide your feedback, you've helped us develop an informed reusable nappy program.
The majority of the respondents agree that cloth nappies have financial, environmental and health benefits.
Out of 130 respondents, 19% already use reusable nappies full time and 35% prefer to use a combination of reusable and disposable nappies.
When asked what would encourage reusable nappy use, responses indicated that rebates, educational workshops and nappy washing services would be the most beneficial.
There are no more workshops scheduled for 2023. Keep an eye on this page for 2024 workshop dates.
If you can’t make it to a workshop, you can watch an online workshop with Leesa from Darlings Downunder.
Why use reusable nappies?
- Reusable nappies are free of toxins and chemicals, and are safer for your baby and the environment in comparison to disposable ones.
- During production, disposable nappies use three times more energy and water, and 20 times more raw materials than reusable nappies.
- Disposable nappies are among the top rubbish items being sent to landfill. Over 2 billion are sent to landfill in Australia each year.
- On average, a child uses 6,500 disposable nappies.
- It takes one cup of crude oil to make one disposable nappy.
- Each nappy takes 500+ years to breakdown in landfill, releasing methane in the process (a harmful gas which contributes to global warming).
- On average, a child will use $3,500 worth of nappies. Reusable nappies can cost you between $500 and $1,500.
- Reusable nappies can be used from child to child and from household to household. Buying reusable nappies second hand can cut down costs even further.
Gone are the days of pins, leaking and soaking! Modern reusable nappies are available in different colours, styles and sizes. Information on types, washing and fitting is available on the Australian Nappy Association website, Clean Cloth Nappies, the Raising Children website and the Sustainability Victoria website.
If you use disposable nappies, these can go in your rubbish/general waste bin. To reduce potential odours, see nappies.
Reusable nappy, sanitary and incontinence product rebate
This year from 1 April to 30 June 2023, Council ran a reusable nappy, sanitary and incontinence product rebate. Residents could get up to 50 per cent of their purchase back capped at $50 for reusable sanitary and incontinence products and $100 for reusable nappy products.
Due to the success of this pilot rebate, we will be rolling out this program annually. Updates will be provided on this page.