Council grant for reusable nappies

Numerous local governments are creating reusable nappy incentive programs to encourage parents to make the switch to cloth nappies. It makes sense for councils to raise awareness and have local councils try and reduce the disposables they have to deal with in landfills.

It costs the government more than £81 million a year to process the waste from single-use disposable nappies. The benefits to local governments are obvious, and the financial incentives can assist parents in affording cloth diapers. There are a number of different incentive programs offered by the councils, however, it is not always clear what is on offer.

These pages provide an overview of the most important initiatives, as well as information on how local governments may assist. The cost of a free nappy starter kit might seem a lot, but each child in nappies produces about 1 tonne of non-biodegradable waste, so it’s much better for councils to encourage people and have reusable nappy incentive schemes.

For each family they convert using a free trial kit into using reusable nappies saves the council about £200.

A Complete Guide to Reusable Nappies Council Incentive Schemes

What’s on offer? Each council has done it differently, from offering free reusable nappies to hire kits, trial kits, vouchers, and cashback schemes. We list all the councils below and what they offer. Though, these can change quite frequently so it’s worth checking with the recycling department of your local council to see what they are offering.

Free Reusable Nappies or Free Nappy Starter Pack

A few have chosen to send out free nappies or cloth nappy trial packs to expectant families in their area. The value and type of each reusable nappy kit given really depend on each council. The majority of the time, a day’s worth of diapers and wipes are provided sometimes followed up with a voucher to purchase reusable nappies. These free trial packs are usually yours to keep, paid for by your local council, and are different from hire kits where you just borrow the nappies for a set period.

Vouchers or Cash Back

Many councils now offer vouchers that can be used to offset the cost of reusable nappies, as well as cash-back programs.  These programs provide the greatest amount of freedom, allowing you to experiment with different types of nappies. Generally these work by either giving your a voucher to purchase real nappies from a specified retailer or if you show a receipt of your purchasing real nappies they will give you cashback (providing their conditions are met).

Most of these schemes, but not all, allow these to be used on training pants for potty training but you will need to read the details of each voucher scheme to find out if your council allows that. They will normally ask for an itemised receipt of your real nappy purchases in order to claim the cashback. It is usually one claim per baby, but some have it as one claim per family so check your entitlement before you apply. Many cap the scheme at children under 18 months so you cannot apply for older children.

Some have a voucher code to save money when you buy nappies online.

Real Nappies for London

Real Nappies for London is the largest voucher network in the country, with parents in participating London boroughs receiving vouchers worth up to £54.15 to apply toward the purchase of reusable nappies or a nappy trial pack. Real Nappies for London requires that you spend your vouchers with a certified provider, but most cloth nappy retailers accept vouchers for use on their online store as well.

Real Nappy Loan Scheme

Many councils fund nappy libraries to give trial kits for loans to parents in their borough. This is usually run independently from the council, but funded by the council. These are usually a full-time real nappy starter kit, and the duration of the loan period can be from 2 weeks to 12 weeks depending on the scheme. Local authorities usually ensure the two-week trial gives you a good selection of nappy types and brands select.

CouncilTypeDetails
Adur and Worthing Borough CouncilNone found
Adur District CouncilNone found
Allerdale Borough CouncilNone found
Amber Valley Borough CouncilNone found
Arun District CouncilNone found
Ashfield District CouncilNone found
Ashford Borough Council
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Babergh District Council
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council
Basildon Borough Council
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Bassetlaw District Council
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Bedford Borough Council
Birmingham City CouncilNone found
Blaby District Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackpool Borough Council
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Bolsover District Council
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Borough of Broxbourne
Borough of Poole
Boston Borough Council
BournemouthCashback / VoucherResidents of Bournemouth will receive a £30 cashback rebate if they spend over £45 and their child is under 18 months old.
Bracknell ForestCashbackResidents of Bracknell Forest will receive a £30 cashback rebate if they spend over £30 on reusable nappies and their child is under 18 months old.
BradfordFree Nappy Starter Kit
Braintree District CouncilCashbackResidents of Bracknell Forest will receive a £30 cashback rebate if they spend over £30 on reusable nappies and their child is under 18 months old.
Breckland District Council
Brentwood Borough Council
Bridgend County Borough Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
Bristol City Council
Broadland District Council
Bromsgrove District Council
Broxtowe Borough Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
Burnley Borough Council
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Cambridge City Council
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cannock Chase District Council
Canterbury City Council
Cardiff Council
Carlisle City Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
Castle Point Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire CouncilCashbackResidents of Central Bedfordshire will receive a £25 cashback rebate if they spend over £50 on reusable nappies, covers, or training pants from any provider. They will also receive a £25 cashback rebate if they subscribe to a nappy cleaning service. Central Bedfordshire Council Download and complete the real nappies application form, as well as a copy of your receipt, before submitting your application. (Terms and conditions are stated in the application form.)
Ceredigion County CouncilFree Nappy Trial Pack Worth £40Ceredigion County Council offers a Real Nappy trial pack worth £40 for FREE to new parents living in Ceredigion. To claim your free pack phone 01545 570881
Charnwood Borough Council
Chelmsford City Council
Cheltenham Borough Council
Cherwell District Council
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Chesterfield Borough Council
Chichester District Council
Chiltern District Council
Chorley Council
Christchurch Borough Council
City of Lincoln Council
City of London
City of York Council
Colchester Borough Council
Conwy County Borough Council
Copeland Borough Council
Corby Borough Council
Cornwall Council (Unitary)
Cotswold District Council
Coventry City Council
Craven District Council
Crawley Borough Council
Cumbria County Council
Dacorum Council
Darlington Borough Council
Dartford Borough Council
Daventry District Council
Denbighshire County Council
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Devon County Council
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Dorset County Council
Dover District Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Durham County Council
East Cambridgeshire District Council
East Devon District Council
East Dorset District Council
East Hampshire District Council
East Hertfordshire District Council
East Lindsey District Council
East Northamptonshire Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Staffordshire Borough Council
East Suffolk Council
East Sussex County Council
Eastbourne Borough Council
Eastleigh Borough Council
Eden District Council
Elmbridge Borough Council
Epping Forest District Council
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
Erewash Borough Council
Essex County Council
Exeter City Council
Fareham Borough Council
Fenland District Council
Flintshire County Council
Forest Heath District Council
Forest of Dean District Council
Fylde Borough Council
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Gedling Borough Council
Gloucester City Council
Gloucestershire County Council
Gosport Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Guildford Borough Council
Gwynedd County Council
Halton Borough Council
Hambleton District Council
Hampshire County Council
Harborough District Council
Harlow Council
Harrogate Borough Council
Hart District Council
Hartlepool Borough Council
Hastings Borough Council
Havant Borough Council
Herefordshire Council
Hertfordshire County Council
Hertsmere Borough Council
High Peak Borough Council
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Horsham District Council
Huntingdonshire District Council
Hyndburn Borough Council
Ipswich Borough Council
Isle of Anglesey County Council
Isle of Wight Council
Isles of Scilly
Kent County Council
Kettering Borough Council
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council
Kirklees Council
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Lancashire County Council
Lancaster City Council
Leeds City Council
Leicester City Council
Leicestershire County Council
Lewes District Council
Lichfield District Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Liverpool City Council
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
Luton Borough Council
Maidstone Borough Council
Maldon District Council
Malvern Hills District Council
Manchester City Council
Mansfield District Council
Medway Council
Melton Borough Council
Mendip District Council
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Mid Devon District Council
Mid Suffolk District Council
Mid Sussex District Council
Middlesbrough Borough Council
Milton Keynes
Mole Valley District Council
Monmouthshire County Council
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
New Forest District Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council
Newport City Council
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council
Norfolk County Council
North Devon Council
North Dorset District Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
North Hertfordshire District Council
North Kesteven District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
North Norfolk District Council
North Somerset Council
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
North Warwickshire Borough Council
North West Leicestershire District Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Northampton Borough Council
Northamptonshire County Council
Northumberland Council
Norwich City Council
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Oadby and Wigston District Council
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Oxford City Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Pembrokeshire County Council
Pendle Borough Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Peterborough City Council
Plymouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council
Powys County Council
Preston City Council
Purbeck District Council
Reading Borough Council
Redcar and Cleveland Council
Redditch Borough Council
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Richmondshire District Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Rochford District Council
Rossendale Borough Council
Rother District Council
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Rugby Borough Council
Runnymede Borough Council
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Rushmoor Borough Council
Rutland County Council
Ryedale District Council
Salford City Council
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Scarborough Borough Council
Sedgemoor District Council
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Selby District Council
Sevenoaks District Council
Sheffield City Council
Shepway District Council
Shropshire Council – Unitary
Slough Borough Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Somerset County Council
South Buckinghamshire District Council
South Cambridgeshire District Council
South Derbyshire District Council
South Gloucestershire Council
South Hams District Council
South Holland District Council
South Kesteven District Council
South Lakeland District Council
South Norfolk District Council
South Northamptonshire Council
South Oxfordshire District Council
South Ribble Borough Council
South Somerset District Council
South Staffordshire Council
South Tyneside Council
Southampton City Council
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Spelthorne Borough Council
St Albans City and District Council
St Edmundsbury Borough Council
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
Stafford Borough Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
Stevenage Borough Council
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Strabane District Council
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Stroud District Council
Suffolk County Council
Sunderland City Council
Surrey County Council
Surrey Heath Borough Council
Swale Borough Council
Swansea City and Borough Council
Swindon Borough Council
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Tamworth Borough Council
Tandridge District Council
Taunton Deane Borough Council
Teignbridge District Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
Tendring District Council
Test Valley Borough Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council
Thanet District Council
Three Rivers District Council
Thurrock Council
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
Torbay Council
Torfaen County Borough Council
Torridge District Council
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Uttlesford District Council
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Vale of White Horse District Council
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Warrington Borough Council
Warwick District Council
Warwickshire County Council
Watford Borough Council
Waverley Borough Council
Wealden District Council
Wellingborough Borough Council
Welwyn Hatfield Council
West BerkshireCashbackResidents of West Berkshire will receive a £30 cashback rebate if they spend over £60 on reusable nappies and their child is under 18 months old.
West Devon Borough Council
West Dorset District Council
West Lancashire Borough Council
West Lindsey District Council
West Oxfordshire District Council
West Somerset District Council
West Sussex County Council
Westminster City Council
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
Wiltshire Council
Winchester City Council
Wirral Council
Woking Borough Council
Wokingham Borough Council
Wolverhampton City Council
Worcester City Council
Worcestershire County Council
Worthing Borough Council
Wrexham County Borough Council
Wychavon District Council
Wycombe District Council
Wyre Council
Wyre Forest District Council
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