PARENTS of young children are being given an added incentive by Nottinghamshire County Council to try real nappies instead of disposable ones with the chance to win Mothercare gift vouchers in a monthly prize draw.
Parents and carers across the county can already claim back a one-off cashback of £25 on £50 or more spent on real nappies in a scheme supported by the county council and Veolia Environmental Services.
But throughout 2013, the county council is also offering residents submitting their real nappy cashback claims, the chance to win an additional £20 Mothercare voucher in a monthly prize draw.
To take advantage of the cashback offer, all residents need to do is keep their receipts and complete the claim form at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/realnappies
This initiative is ongoing throughout the year.
Everyone who sends in their claim form and receipts will automatically be entered into the monthly prize draw to win a £20 Mothercare voucher.
It costs taxpayers across Nottinghamshire about £100 to dispose of every tonne of rubbish which ends up at landfill. And it’s thought that before a child is potty trained, they use nearly 6,000 nappies – weighing in at a hefty one tonne a time!
“It’s estimated that some eight million disposable nappies are thrown away everyday across the UK,” said Coun Richard Butler, chairman of the county council’s environment and sustainability committee.
“Choosing real nappies instead is one valuable way we can cut down on the amount of waste going to our landfill sites across the county which are rapidly filling up.
“Modern real nappies are surprisingly easy to use and wash and could save you up to £500 from the birth of a child to potty training – one compelling reason to think about using them even if you’re not particularly environmentally conscious.”
Real nappies cost as little as £2 each and around £1 per week to wash at home.
For more information about using real nappies visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/realnappies.