REUSABLE NAPPY SCHEMES

What is an incentive scheme?

Local authorities know that reusable nappies reduce not only the volume of the waste they need to dispose of each year, but also the cost involved in disposing of it. To encourage more families to try reusable nappies many councils offer financial or practical help to families to offset some of the costs.

This can take the form of a voucher, cashback offer, trial kit or discount. Some schemes also have dedicated nappy experts who can help you choose the right options for your family, who are either employed by the local authority or their contractors, or by partnering with a local nappy library.

Unfortunately, reusable nappy schemes differ across the country, and your local authority might not offer a scheme, or they might not offer the type of incentive that you would prefer.

Schemes which are known to be in operation are listed below – look for the name of your council in the dropdown menu.

If your local authority has no scheme, why not write to your local councillors and ask them to introduce one? We’ve created a handy template that you can customise with your own details.

If you know of a scheme which is not listed here, please email details to info@nappyalliance.co.uk

Benefits for Local Authorities

Research in 2019 by the North London Waste Authority revealed that around 1 in 10 parents have disposed of a soiled single use nappy in a recycling bin, contaminating entire loads and wasting money for local councils.

Using reusable nappies not only reduces the nearly 900kg of waste produced by a single child during their time in nappies, but it also reduces the likelihood of contaminated collections and the overall costs to local authorities of disposing of nappy waste. Local authorities can save up to £11 in their waste disposal budget for every £1 spent on reusable nappy schemes, on top of saving money for struggling residents.

Some authorities have introduced separate nappy collections and “nappy recycling” projects, but these require dedicated collections for nappy waste which must be separately processed and the UK does not have the facilities to process all of the 3.6billion single use nappies used every year in the UK.

If you would like more information about the benefits of introducing a scheme or improving your existing scheme in your local authority area, please contact info@nappyalliance.co.uk

channel islands & isle of man
East Midlands

Amber Valley Borough Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/real-nappies-time-for-a-change.aspx
Bolsover District Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/cashback-scheme/25-cashback-scheme.aspx
Chesterfield Borough Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/cashback-scheme/25-cashback-scheme.aspx
Derbyshire County Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/cashback-scheme/25-cashback-scheme.aspx
Derbyshire Dales District Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/cashback-scheme/25-cashback-scheme.aspx
High Peak Borough Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/cashback-scheme/25-cashback-scheme.aspx
North East Derbyshire District Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish-waste/real-nappies/cashback-scheme/25-cashback-scheme.aspx
Blaby District Council borrow a free trial kit http://www.lesswaste.org.uk/reuse/reusable-nappies/
Charnwood Borough Council borrow a free trial kit http://www.lesswaste.org.uk/reuse/reusable-nappies/
City of Lincoln Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/environmental-issues/green-sustainable-living-1/2
Derby City Council £25 cashback on £50 spend https://www.derby.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/recycling-waste/reducing-waste/washable-nappies/

LONDON

City of London
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
London Borough of Barnet
London Borough of Bexley
London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Bromley
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Croydon
London Borough of Ealing
London Borough of Enfield
London Borough of Hackney
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Harrow
London Borough of Havering
London Borough of Hillingdon
London Borough of Hounslow
London Borough of Islington
London Borough of Lambeth
London Borough of Lewisham
London Borough of Merton
London Borough of Newham
London Borough of Redbridge
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
London Borough of Southwark
London Borough of Sutton
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
London Borough of Waltham Forest
London Borough of Wandsworth
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Westminster City Council

NORTH EAST

Darlington Borough Council
Durham County Council
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Hartlepool Borough Council
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
Northumberland Council
South Tyneside Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Sunderland City Council
Middlesbrough Borough Council

 

NORTH WEST

Allerdale Borough Council £30 voucher for first time applicants http://www.recycleforcumbria.org/Realnappies/
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council £30 voucher for first time applicants http://www.recycleforcumbria.org/Realnappies/
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackpool Borough Council
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Burnley Borough Council
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Carlisle City Council
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Chorley Council
Copeland Borough Council
Cumbria County Council
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Lancashire County Council
Lancaster City Council
Liverpool City Council
Manchester City Council no scheme
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Pendle Borough Council no scheme
Preston City Council
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Salford City Council
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
South Lakeland District Council
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council no scheme
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Warrington Borough Council £30 discount on £50 spend (selected retailers) https://www.mylifewarrington.co.uk/kb5/warrington/directory/service.page?id=QTtlh2_o47s
Wyre Council no scheme
West Lancashire Borough Council
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
Wirral Council

NORTHERN IRELAND

Strabane District Council

SCOTLAND

Perth and Kinross Council no scheme
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeenshire Council
Angus Council
Argyll and Bute Council
City of Edinburgh Council
Clackmannanshire Council
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Dundee City Council
East Ayrshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Lothian Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Falkirk Council
Fife Council
Glasgow City Council
Inverclyde Council
Midlothian Council
North Ayrshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
Orkney Islands Council
Renfrewshire Council
Scottish Borders Council
Shetland Islands Council
South Ayrshire Council
South Lanarkshire Council
Stirling Council
The Highland Council
The Moray Council
West Dunbartonshire Council
West Lothian Council

SOUTH EAST

Basildon Borough Council £30 cashback https://www.loveessex.org/news-and-ideas/cloth-nappies/
Cherwell District Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/oxfordshire-recycles/reusable-nappies
Oxford City Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/oxfordshire-recycles/reusable-nappies
Oxfordshire County Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/oxfordshire-recycles/reusable-nappies
South Oxfordshire District Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/oxfordshire-recycles/reusable-nappies
Vale of White Horse District Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/oxfordshire-recycles/reusable-nappies
West Oxfordshire District Council borrow a free trial kit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/oxfordshire-recycles/reusable-nappies
Adur and Worthing Borough Council No scheme https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/how-to-reduce-waste/
Arun District Council No scheme https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/waste-and-recycling/recycling-and-waste-prevention-in-west-sussex/a-to-z-of-recycling/nappies/
Ashford Borough Council No scheme
Aylesbury Vale District Council No scheme
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council no scheme https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/smartliving/newfamilies/nappies
Thurrock Council no scheme
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Bracknell Forest Council
Braintree District Council
Brentwood Borough Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
Canterbury City Council
Castle Point Borough Council
Chelmsford City Council
Chichester District Council
Chiltern District Council
Colchester Borough Council
Crawley Borough Council
Dover District Council
Essex County Council
Rushmoor Borough Council
Waverley Borough Council no scheme
Sevenoaks District Council
Shepway District Council
Slough Borough Council
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

SOUTH WEST

Bath and North East Somerset Council Heavily discounted nappy pack available https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/reusable-nappies
Bristol City Council
Cheltenham Borough Council
Cornwall Council (Unitary)
Cotswold District Council
Devon County Council
Dorset County Council
East Devon District Council
East Dorset District Council
Exeter City Council
Gloucester City Council
Gloucestershire County Council
North Devon Council
North Dorset District Council
North Somerset Council
Plymouth City Council no scheme
Sedgemoor District Council
Somerset County Council
South Gloucestershire Council
Swindon Borough Council
Torbay Council
Torridge District Council
West Devon Borough Council
West Dorset District Council
West Somerset District Council
Wiltshire Council
Mid Devon District Council

WALES

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Bridgend County Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Cardiff Council no scheme
Carmarthenshire County Council
Ceredigion County Council
Conwy County Borough Council
Flintshire County Council
Gosport Borough Council
Gwynedd County Council
Isle of Anglesey County Council
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Monmouthshire County Council
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Newport City Council
Pembrokeshire County Council £30 cashback on £50 spend https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/real-nappies/pembrokeshire-real-nappy-project–cashback-scheme
Powys County Council
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Swansea City and Borough Council
Torfaen County Borough Council
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Wrexham County Borough Council

WEST MIDLANDS

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council £30 cashback on £50 spend https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/reduce-and-reuse/
Birmingham City Council no scheme
Bromsgrove District Council no scheme
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council no scheme
Stratford-on-Avon District Council no scheme
Tamworth Borough Council no scheme
Warwickshire County Council no scheme https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cottonnappies
Cannock Chase District Council
North Warwickshire Borough Council
Shropshire Council – Unitary
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Warwick District Council
Worcester City Council
Worcestershire County Council
Wyre Forest District Council no scheme


Yorkshire & Humber

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council £40 grant towards minimum £100 spend https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/media/14583/real-nappy-incentive-scheme.pdf
Bradford Metropolitan District Council free trial pack https://www.bradford.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/reduce-reuse-recycle/reusable-nappies/
North Yorkshire County Council New unitary authority forming – no scheme
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council no scheme
City of York Council no scheme
Craven District Council no scheme
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council no scheme
East Riding of Yorkshire Council no scheme
Hambleton District Council no scheme
Harrogate Borough Council (north yorks) no scheme
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council no scheme
Kirklees Council no scheme
Leeds City Council no scheme
Redcar and Cleveland Council no scheme
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council no scheme
Ryedale District Council no scheme
Scarborough Borough Council no scheme
Selby District Council £30 cashback on £50 spend https://www.selby.gov.uk/reusablenappyscheme
Sheffield City Council no scheme
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council free trial pack https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/bins-and-environment/bins-and-recycling/recycling/real-nappies?