A NEW nappy laundry service is being tested in Kirklees to convince parents to switch from using disposables.

The Change Nappy Service has been serving Calderdale with clean nappies for five years.

Now the scheme is coming to Huddersfield, thanks to money from Kirklees Council.

The move comes after figures reveal that people in Kirklees throw away 12m nappies a year to rot in landfill sites.

Samantha Essex, project co-ordinator, said: "We have always had a lot of inquiries from Kirklees, but have never gone into this area before.

"We will now be running a six-month test to see what the interest is.

"So far we have been delighted."

For £10 a week - or £7 for families on low incomes - the scheme provides clean nappies and liners in the right size and a bin to put the dirty ones in.

The bin is collected once a week and a fresh batch of nappies is delivered.

Samantha, a mother-of-two, said: "It is a good introduction to using real nappies, because with others there can be quite an outlay at first.

"They are still absorbent, although you might need to change babies slightly more frequently.

"It's an important choice because it's baby who is going to have to deal with the environmental consequences."

The scheme will also be promoting the use of real nappies across Kirklees through workshops and talks to parents' groups.

The first 50 families to sign up for the scheme will also receive four weeks free laundry service, worth £40.

For further information about Change call 01422 847080.