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Reusable nappies

January 2017 Update: Unfortunately Medway Council are currently unable to offer this incentive scheme.

ChoicePhoto of a baby wearing a reusable nappy

Medway Council has a scheme that can help you if you are thinking about reusable nappies. They are good for your baby's health, good for the environment, cheap and easy to use.

Reusable nappies have changed since the traditional terry nappies. There is a wide choice of designs, styles and colours. Many even look like disposable nappies.

An important incentive

Photo of a set of reusable nappies

A £30 financial incentive (in the form of Boots vouchers), payable in three instalments, is being offered to parents who join the scheme. You can claim this when nappies are bought from a shop or the internet if a proof of purchase and validation form signed by a healthcare professional is sent to the Waste Development Team at Medway Council. For a validation form ask your midwife, health visitor or contact us.

If you have been using reusable nappies on a previous child, you can only claim for that child for the period of time they have been using reusable nappies within the current financial year.

If you have been given nappies from a friend or family member to use on your child, you will be entitled to the incentive as there is still a reduction in nappy waste. You will need a validation form signed by your healthcare professional to validate the claim.

Claims are settled within 14 days of receiving all correct paperwork.


When purchasing nappies you need to consider how quickly you can wash and dry them. It is recommended to have three days worth of nappies. Most babies require approximately six changes a day.

The approximate cost of purchasing and home laundering real nappies for two and a half years ranges from £185 to about £352 depending on nappy type.

Some nappy factsPhoto of a reusable nappy

  • Reusable nappies are chemical-free and can be washed at 60oC.
  • Children in cloth nappies tend to toilet train about six months sooner than those in disposable nappies.
  • With velcro fastenings and nappy nippas, there is no longer any need for safety pins.
  • In Britain, 8million nappies are thrown away each day.
  • A baby requires more than 2,000 nappy changes a year. This amount would fill more than 40 black sacks.
  • 94 per cent of nappies end up in landfill sites.
  • Disposable nappies consume large amounts of natural resources each year.
  • With flushable liners, all waste is dealt with by the sewage system.
  • Reusable nappies are very effective. They normally only leak if they are poorly fitted. Providing you are using the most suitable type of nappy for your requirements there is no reason why a reusable nappy system cannot be as effective as a disposable nappy.
  • Reusable nappies save you money. Over time, the average cost of reusable nappies is between a quarter and a fifth of the cost of disposables. Reusable nappies can be used for subsequent children, so the savings grow.