Reusable Nappy Rebates by participating Councils
It’s no secret that local councils are working hard to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in Australian landfills. But perhaps what you didn’t know is that they are offering reusable rebates as an incentive to help with this monumental task of lowering household waste.
Did you know that disposable nappies are the second largest source of waste when it comes to household waste?
Deciding to minimise your household waste is a good idea. But how do you go about minimising disposable nappy waste? One good way is to transition to cloth nappies. However, in doing so you often have to face some hefty upfront costs in order to get set up. That’s why councils have decided to offer rebates for eligible households to try and offset some of these costs.
How much does cloth nappies costs
Let’s talk figures. An investment in Bamboo Grove Modern Cloth Nappies for one child will cost around $1200–$1500. This, of course, is a saving from the expenditure on disposables, but as an upfront cost, this can be quite daunting. This initial startup cost will include enough nappies for full-time use, plus the additional costs for nappy liners and nappy inserts.
The bonus is that Bamboo Grove cloth nappies adjust as your baby grows. So even though the cost may seem steep, the investment will last your baby from birth right through until they have successfully toilet-trained.
On average, a child will use about 6500 nappies from birth to toilet training. A conservative estimate will reveal that these costs may skyrocket into the thousands, with one estimable sitting at around $4500. Of course, with the current rising costs of living filtering through every aspect of our lives, nappies will undoubtedly become more expensive in the coming months.
And, even if you still go down this path, are you really comfortable with 6500 nappies making their way into Australian landfill. It’s a sobering thought!
So, back to the timely Reusable Rebates Scheme! In terms of how much you can claim through the Scheme, each council will offer different rebates, so we recommend checking with your local council's website to see if they do offer a reusable rebate and, if so, how much you can claim back.
Some rebates are for a certain percentage of the total cost (less the shipping expenses). You may even find that some councils offer a fixed amount rebate. However, most councils will have a cap on how much can be claimed back.
You will also need to be mindful that each council offers different claimable items. Reusable Rebates almost always offers rebates on cloth nappies and may include rebates on the following reusable items or cloth nappy accessories:
- Reusable Cloth Nappies
- Reusable Swim Nappies
- Reusable Training Pants
- Nappy Liners
- Reusable Wipes
- Wet Bags
- Reusable Breast Pads
- Reusable Sanitary Nappies
Reusable Cloth Nappies and Accessories
How do I claim a Reusable Rebate
Before making any claims, you will first need to purchase your modern cloth nappies online. Retain your receipt or order confirmation as you will need this to be eligible to make a Reusable Rebate claim from your local council.
It’s important to note that shipping costs are not usually covered by reusable rebates. However, Bamboo Grove can save you this expense and we offer free shipping Australia-wide on orders over $100.
Depending on your local council, there may be some additional criteria that you must satisfy in order to claim reusable rebates, for example, attending a demonstration workshop. Some councils only offer information kits, so it’s best to check your council’s website for a full list of terms and conditions prior to making any purchase.
Eco Friendly shouldn’t cost the Earth
Transitioning to eco-friendly living really is the best way to be kind to the planet as well as save money in the long-run. However, it’s comforting to know that the upfront costs needn’t be a barrier to making positive change. It’s definitely worth checking your local council’s website for more information on the reusable rebate schemes they offer.