Cheap nappies a bid to cut waste

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 14:44 13/03/2014

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Parents can pick up a cheap pack of cloth nappies from the Mackenzie District Council - but only if they get in quickly.

It is part of the district's effort to reduce the amount of waste it deposits to landfill.

The cloth nappies have a retail value of about $100 per pack, but a limited number of packs are being offered to parents at $20.

The idea is to reduce the amount of waste going to council landfill and educate parents on the benefits of cloth nappies.

Mackenzie District Council's solid waste manager, Angie Taylor, said it could remove up to nine tonnes of waste going to the landfill.

"There are a number of other councils involved in similar projects. We're always looking for ways to minimise waste, and nappies play a big part in waste sent to landfill," she said.

"To be honest, I used cloth nappies with my first child- the amount you can save in rubbish and money is amazing."

Parents can pick up a cloth nappy pack from Mackenzie District Council offices in Fairlie and Twizel.

Ms Taylor said there was only one pack available per family and the offer was for the district's residents only.

"You will need to provide your contact details so we can contact you later to ask a few questions on how you have found using the cloth nappies," she said.

"About 50 babies are born in the Mackenzie District each year and there will be 50 nappy packs available.

"Not all parents of new babies want to use cloth nappies, so the packs are also available to parents with older babies. But the nappy packs will only be available until they run out."

Ms Taylor said the initiative was funded by the Environment Ministry's waste levy.

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- The Timaru Herald

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