COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Charities find local authority backing for nappy appeal

A record number of local authorities are backing Real Nappy Week from 7-12 April in a bid to reduce the household waste caused by disposable nappies.

More than half of the 240 UK local authorities are involved in the week, which is jointly organised by the Women's Environmental Network and the Real Nappy Association.

More than eight million disposable nappies are thrown away each year, costing local authorities hundreds of thousands of pounds in landfill charges, according to the network.

Environment Minister Michael Meacher is planning to increase landfill charges from £13 a ton to £35 a ton in the near future and wants 24 per cent of families to be using real nappies in three years' time.

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