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Nappies scheme saves parents up to £1,000 amid rising household bills

A local council in England is offering parents help with rising household bills through £200 vouchers to purchase reusable nappies, liners and nappy buckets.

The scheme is open to parents and guardians who live in Herefordshire with a baby up to 18 months old. Anyone who receives a voucher will be able to buy reusable varieties from selected suppliers, as part of a bid to reduce the use of single-use nappies in the area.

Herefordshire Council hopes that, as well as saving parents and guardians up to £1,000 per child through reusing the items, the scheme will help the environment too.

According to the environmental charity WRAP, the UK disposes of 3 billion disposable nappies every year, making up around 3% of all household waste. The charity also claims that a child typically uses between 4,000 and 6,000 disposable nappies by the time they reach 2.5 years of age, equating to a ton of waste going to landfill or incineration.

Councillor Gemma Davies from Herefordshire Council said of the scheme:

“It’s a really great way for parents/guardians to save money in the long run as well as give our planet a breather by generating less waste.

“Herefordshire parents/guardians can play their part in reducing these astronomical waste figures. In doing so, they’ll be investing in a better environment for their own children and grandchildren.”

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