Reusable nappy scheme

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Reusable nappies have a range of benefits. Not only are they better for your child and family, but they're also better for the community and environment. We're encouraging families to learn about why they should ditch disposables and choose to reuse.

Better value for money

  • Families can save up to £500 per child by choosing reusable nappies over disposables. The savings get even bigger if they are used again by another child. 
  • Approximately three billion disposable nappies go to landfill each year, costing Council Tax payers £32 million. Switching to reusable nappies means that Council Tax could go further. 

Better for the environment

  • By the time your child is potty trained they could have used over 4,000 disposable nappies.
  • It takes up to 500 years for a disposable nappy to break down in landfill, with the plastic parts of the nappy never going away but becoming microplastics in the environment. As disposable nappies break down they also let out harmful methane gas that contributes to climate change. Research has shown that using reusable nappies can make a 40 per cent carbon saving compared to disposables.   
  • Using reusable nappies also reduces the amount of energy and non-renewable resources consumed when compared to disposables. 

Better for baby

  • There are chemicals and bleach paper in disposable nappies. Reusable nappies are available in a range of fabrics including cotton, bamboo, microfibre and hemp, meaning your baby has soft, breathable fabrics next to their skin. 

They're easy to use, too. Modern reusable nappies are all-in-one, pre-shaped and fasten with Velcro or poppers. Solid waste is caught in a liner and flushes down the toilet, then just pop the nappy in the washing machine instead of the bin.

Reusable nappy testimonial

Hemel Hempstead mum Sarah Tucker used reusable nappies, also referred to as real nappies, with her first child, and is excited to use them again with her second. Read all about her reusable nappy journey, including why she prefers reusables over disposables and what she recommends for new parents who want to give them a go:  Real Nappy Journey (PDF 1MB)

Getting started with real nappies

HERTS Reusable Nappies

We’ve teamed up with a host of nappy manufacturers and suppliers to bring you some of the best reusable nappies around. Each one of our trusted partners is offering Dacorum residents with children in nappies a fantastic 15 per cent discount to help reduce your waste and save you money.

Applicants will have access to a large range of nappies and expert support, so you can find the reusable nappies that work best for you and your child. Simply visit the HERTS Reusable Nappies website and complete the application form to apply for access to these discounts.

The HERTS Reusable Nappies discount is available to all Hertfordshire residents with children in nappies.

Hertfordshire Real Nappy Scheme

Reusable nappies, sometimes referred to as "real nappies" or "cloth nappies", have a range of benefits. To help get you started with reusable nappies, we offer Dacorum residents the chance to apply for a free starter kit worth over £100. The starter kit contains: five all-in-one reusable cloth nappies, one night nappy and wrap, one booster and one roll of disposable liners - from two of the leading reusable nappy brands. Alternatively, if you buy your own reusable nappies or join a nappy laundering scheme we will give you £50 cashback towards the cost.

Order your free real nappy starter kit

Or to claim £50 cashback, simply download a copy of the  Real nappy reward leaflet and application form (PDF 2.5MB), which includes information on the benefits, different types of real nappies and more, as well as the cashback form. Please email your completed applications to r4d@dacorum.gov.uk or post them to:

Environmental Services
Cupid Green Depot
Redbourn Road
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire
HP2 7BA

Please note: the Hertfordshire Real Nappy Scheme will end on Monday 30 November 2020.

Learn more about real nappies

Reusable nappy library

If you're struggling to choose a reusable nappy that suits your baby and your lifestyle, consider trialling different nappies from a nappy library.

The local cloth nappy library Stork and the Bees hires out personalised nappy kits for one month at a cost of £1 per nappy and regularly holds reusable nappy demonstrations and information mornings in the local area. By trying a variety of different reusable nappy styles, you can then purchase your reusable nappies with confidence.  

Visit the Stork and the Bees Facebook page for more information.

Further information

Visit the WasteAware real nappy webpage for more details on the real nappy scheme.

Visit Go Real - The Real Nappy Information Service Facebook Group for more information on:

  • The benefits of reusable nappies
  • Where to buy reusable nappies
  • How to use reusable nappies
  • Top tips
  • FAQs

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