Council introduces Reusable Nappy Scheme

29th May 2020

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is introducing a Reusable Nappy Incentive scheme to reduce the number of disposable nappies currently being sent to landfill in the district.

Under the terms of the scheme, parents will be able to claim a refund of £30 if they spend £50 or more on the purchase of cloth nappies.

Over a 2½ year period each baby will require approximately 5,000 disposable nappies, enough to fill around 160 black/green landfill bags (the weight of an average family car). The cost to parents of disposable nappies is on average between £800 and £900 over the duration of that period.

Speaking about the scheme, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhan Currie said, “I welcome the introduction of this scheme as it really is a win, win situation. Raising a child is very expensive and by switching to reusable nappies, more and more parents are realising that not only can they cut their family’s waste in half but they can also save themselves hundreds of pounds in the process, thereby contributing to a much more sustainable society. I would encourage parents of babies and infants across the district to avail of the Reusable Nappy Scheme”

To apply to participate in this scheme, application forms are available from the Council website and need to be submitted along with proof of purchase to Council’s Recycling Education Officer.

For further information on this scheme, please visit the Waste and Recycling section of our website here or contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Recycling Education Officer, Anthea Owens by telephone on 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate) Text Phone 028 8225 6216 or email anthea.owens@fermanaghomagh.com.