Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Cloth nappy ballot

Principal Petitioner Sarah Webb, Corinda
Date Closed Sat, 28 Apr 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 164 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the prospect of implementing a cloth nappy ballot. Such a ballot is currently in place in parts of Victoria and South Australia. The ballot enables residents who utilise cloth nappies to enter their names into a regular ballot. If successful, they are awarded a prize such as a 50% rebate on their outlay towards cloth nappies to a maximum of $300. This incentive assists Council in achieving its desire of reducing waste output by residents, at a minimum cost.

Implementation of an incentive scheme to attract residents to utilise cloth, rather then disposable, nappies.

Council response

Thank you for your petition regarding a cloth nappy rebate scheme. Council appreciates the effort you have shown in contributing to Council’s shared vision for a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.

Council is aware of the problems associated with disposable nappies. You may be interested to know that in Brisbane, disposable nappies comprise around 3.81% of general household waste and are among the largest single-waste stream made up a single product. Australia wide, it is reported that approximately 5.6 million disposable nappies are used each day, which equals to more than two billion disposable nappies sent to landfill each year.

In order to address this issue, Council’s Waste Minimisation Unit, Waste and Resource Recovery Services branch had already canvassed rebate ideas for implementation in 2018-19 as additional resources become available. It was anticipated any new nappy rebate initiative should align with the Waste Smart Kindy program that is also being developed at this time.

A modern cloth nappy initiative has been designed to meet the needs of the Brisbane community and to support Council’s waste minimisation goals.