Financial assistance program to promote the purchase and use of washable diapers
Did you know that…
- Disposable diapers represent the third largest waste in landfill sites?
- A disposable diaper can take up to 500 years to decompose after being used, on average, for only 4 to 5 hours?
- The use of a single washable diaper can replace more than 230 disposable diapers? As a result, by 2017, the Municipality of Rawdon’s financial assistance program would have diverted the equivalent of 18,000 disposable diapers from landfill sites!
Washable diapers have come a long way since those used by our grandmothers. Today’s models resemble disposable diapers, but instead of putting them in the trash you put them in the wash. They are simple to use and come in a variety of patterns and colors. Several models are adjustable and can almost be worn from birth to potty-training. Washable diapers are made up of several layers of fabric. In general, there is a thicker layer of more absorbent materials (cotton, polyester, hemp or bamboo) and an impervious fabric (a diaper cover or built into the diaper as in the “all-in-one” models). Finally, they attach with the help of Velcro or snaps.
The Municipality of Rawdon would like to promote the use of washable diapers, in order to reduce the volume of materials being sent to landfill sites and encourage actions aimed at protecting the environment and sustainable development.
Who is entitled to financial assistance for the purchase and use of washable diapers?
The people who are eligible for the financial assistance program are those who, at the time of the purchase of the washable diapers, are permanent residents of the Municipality of Rawdon. They have parental authority of a child that is under one (1) year of age or whose birth is expected within three (3) months of the purchase.
The amount of financial assistance provided under this program is fifty percent (50%) of the purchase cost of the washable diapers, before taxes, up to a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100). Only one grant will be awarded per family.
Applications for assistance are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, until the allotted funds have been disbursed. Requests received thereafter are put on a waiting list until confirmation of program renewal the following year, if applicable.
Step 1: Fill out the form, by clicking here
Step 2: Provide the following documents :
- Original invoice including the description of the merchandise, the name of store as well as its GST and QST numbers;
- Proof of permanent residency;
- Proof of birth;
- If the person filing the application is not the child’s parent, evidence that he/she is the child’s legal guardian.
Step 3: Submit your form and necessary documents to the Municipality of Rawdon. You can bring them in person to Town Hall, send them by mail (3647 Queen St.) or by email ([email protected]).