Supporting Sustainable Choices Scheme

Supporting Sustainable Choices Scheme

Did you know that before a child is properly toilet trained, an estimated 6,000 nappies will be used and disposed of during that timeframe? If we average the cost of a single disposable nappy at 50c, a family spends approximately $3,000 on nappies alone.

When disposable nappies end up in landfill, it takes up to 300 years for them to break down. It is also estimated that an average of 150kg of sanitary products are sent to landfill during the lifetime of a person who uses such products. Using reusable nappies and sanitary items only requires a thorough wash and they’re ready to be used again.

Reusable items not only prevent pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and divert large amounts of waste from landfill, they save individuals and families a lot of money.

That’s why Penrith Council is offering a rebate as part of the Supporting Sustainable Choices Scheme for reusable nappy and reusable sanitary products to eligible Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) residents.

Reusable Nappy and Sanitary Item Rebate 2020

The Supporting Sustainable Choices Scheme is now closed due to allocated funds being exhausted. We are proud to have processed over 260 number of applications for residents who purchased reusable sanitary items and/or nappies from 1 January 2020 to December 2020. Council is still finalising payment for recent applications.

Penrith City Council is immensely grateful for all of the support received during this trial. Your choices are helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and achieve Penrith's goal of diverting 70% of waste from landfill by 2021. We wanted to say thanks Penrith for never wasting a chance to be great with waste.

Other Resources 

Clean Cloth Nappies — If you want to get started on your cloth nappy journey, this website has great resources and tips for you.

Sustainability Victoria – A resource that includes some facts about the impact of disposables and suggestions for transitioning to cloth.

Nappy Lane — Find out all you need to know about cloth nappies.

Australian Nappy Association — Familiarise yourself with the benefits of transitioning from disposable to reusable.

How to buy the best disposable and cloth nappies — A great guide comparing disposable and reusable nappies and with tips on how to best transition.

Period underwear review — A great guide on period underpants.