A MALVERN service has claimed it has saved more than 50 tonnes of waste going to landfill in a year by getting people to use cloth nappies.
In the last 12 months the Malvern Nappy Advisory Service (MNAS) has handed out nearly 100 tester kits to parents with around two thirds of them converting from disposables.
The Environmental Agency estimates the average child uses 0.86 tonnes worth of nappies so the MNAS has calculated it has prevented a total of 52.86 tonnes heading to landfill by converting 61 parents.
As a result this will save Worcestershire County Council more than £5,000 in landfill costs, the service has claimed.
On top of the 61 parents who converted full time around another 30 said they were now using cloth nappies part time.
Malvern mum Penny Broderick launched the MNAS around five years ago when her daughter Iona was born.
She still runs it almost single handedly from her home on Bellars Lane.
Penny told the Observer: “We are really pleased that we’ve managed to help so many people reduce their landfill and save money.
“Landfill and the related cost to the taxpayer is something that affects everyone not just parents.
“We are running out of space for all this waste and it’s important that we find alternative solutions.
“Cloth nappies and adult hygiene products make a significant difference to the amount a person puts in landfill and we are always happy to discuss options for babies, children and adults who would like to stop or reduce their use of disposable products.”
In the last year the MNAS’ overall conversion rate of 95 per cent was significantly higher than the national average of 79 per cent.
The service has around 40 kits for parents to trial for several weeks free of charge although financial contributions or donations of nappies are welcomed.
Anyone wanting more information on cloth nappies can contact Penny at NAS@pennybroderick.co.uk or on 01684 560526. Alternatively visit Malvern NAS on Facebook.