New mums and dads who choose to use real nappies can claim up to £50 back under a new Richmond Council scheme.
Parents can sign up for an application pack on the council's website. They will then have to send copies of a utility bill, their baby's birth certificate and the receipt from when they bought the nappies.
The council will then refund the cash in a bid to cut the number of disposable nappies sent to landfill, which make up four per cent of Richmond's waste every year.
Councillor Martin Elengorn, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The financial benefits to families of using washable nappies are clear – once they’ve been bought they can be used again and again, disposables just clog up bins and end up being dumped on landfill sites.
“Our scheme makes sense for mums and dads, I know babies are a joy for families but looking after them can be expensive. This is another example of the Council spending funds wisely to help people at a time when money is stretched.”
The launch of the scheme, on April 27, coincides with national Real Nappy Week. For more details visit www.richmond.gov.uk