Real Nappy Week aims to reduce millions of nappies going to landfill

14 April 2015
Image of a baby sat on a bouncy castle.

Amey is supporting Real Nappy Week to encourage parents to reduce the estimated 12 million nappies sent to landfill in Peterborough every year.

Peterborough Real Nappy Library, in partnership with Amey, will host two drop-ins to help promote the use of real nappies and celebrate Real Nappy Week which runs from 20th April- 26th April 2015.

The first drop-in will be held on Saturday 18 April in the events room at Kiddicare, Hampton from 1-5pm, while the main drop-in will be held on Wednesday 22 April from 10am-1.30pm at The Pavillion in Central Park.

Peterborough Nappy Library will be joined by two cloth nappy retailers so parents, carers and grandparents can pop in and find more about the benefits of swapping disposable nappies for reusable ones.

Local volunteer nappy advisors from the Peterborough Nappy Library, Jaymee Heaton and Nicola Marchant, will also be on hand to offer support and advice about real nappies, as well as offering parents the opportunity to try real nappies before buying them.

There will also be raffle, a lucky dip and goody bags to giveaway.

Jaymee, who set up the library three years ago, said: "The library was set up to help local parents learn more about cloth nappies and to try and make the switch from disposables a smooth transition.

“Since we started we have helped lots of mums, dads, grandparents and carers to choose which cloth nappies suit them. Peterborough Nappy Library will always offer free advice and support and is accessible to all, either those who are interested in cloth to those who are experienced users. We want to make cloth nappies mainstream, and to give you an option to choose from."

Mick Robb, Head of Waste and Recycling for Amey in Peterborough said: ‘We would like to make all parents aware that disposable nappies are not recyclable through our green bin collections. The disposables need to be placed in black bins which are then sent to landfill.’

‘It is estimated that around 2,000 tonnes of nappies are sent to landfill every year, with landfill costs at nearly £100 a tonne, it means that the city spends approximately £200,000 a year disposing of them alone.’