Public sector waste

Nappies – let’s not go there

The Independent today picked up on a story being pushed by the Local Government Association. They are suggesting that more councils copy Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire and give parents £80 towards laundering reusable nappies rather than filling up landfill with disposables. All sounds very nice in theory; £80 is not huge amounts of cash to give to young parents and landfill costs will be reduced. In practice it sounds like an extra activity that councils do not need, it sounds like more forms to fill in, more officers to process the forms, etc. Leave it!

I am relieved to find that this brilliant suggestion comes from the Labour councillor from Dudley who leads the LGA Environment Board.