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Call to ditch disposable nappies

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is calling for parents to switch to reusable ‘real’ nappies to divert more than 164 million disposable nappies from landfill.

The authority - the largest in the country, spanning Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford - said parents could save money by using the reusable nappies. It said disposable nappies cost £600 for each child and reusable ones needed an investment of £160.

The GMWDA runs a series of ‘Nappuccino’ events across Greater Manchester to promote reusable nappies.

Cllr Neil Swannick, chair of GMWDA, said: “We are always looking at ways to reduce waste in Greater Manchester to support our aim of zero waste, and the events will not only help to raise awareness of the benefits, but also inform parents how to use them and alleviate any difficulties they may have.”

The message came as part of Real Nappy Week, which runs this week (15-21 April).

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