Modern Cloth Nappy & Sanitary Products Rebate

Millions of disposable nappies end up in landfill in Australia each day, it takes about 1 cup of crude oil to make each of those disposable nappies and it takes at least 150 years for a disposable nappy to break down in landfill.

Although cloth nappies also have an impact on the environment (through use of water, energy and detergent) they do not require the use of finite resources such as the chemicals and oil needed to produce a disposable nappy.

The Town is providing the opportunity for residents to receive a rebate on the purchase of Modern Cloth Nappies or reusable sanitary products.

What you can claim:

  • Cloth nappies- 50% of the purchase price to a maximum amount of $100.
  • Reusable sanitary products- 50% of the purchase price to a maximum amount of $50.

How to apply

To be eligible for the nappy rebate you must attend a workshop. We want to make sure you have the best opportunity for success in using your new nappies.

The Town will be running workshops from early 2022. To register your interest for the rebate or attending a workshop please email or call 9377 8095.


Terms & Conditions

To be eligible for this rebate you must:

  • be a Town of Bassendean resident;
  • provide a receipt or screenshot of the purchase which shows the date of purchase, name and cost of the items purchased and your full name;
  • purchase a product that is either a reusable cloth nappy or a reusable sanitary product;
  • if requesting a rebate for Modern Cloth Nappies, have attended an eligible Modern Cloth Nappy (MCN) workshop;
  • have purchased or hired MCNs within 6 months of attending an eligible workshop
  • have applied for the rebate within 6 months of attending an eligible workshop
  • have not previously successfully applied for the MCN rebate
  • Rebate is available to 200 residents and will be exhausted once limit has been reached
  • Only one rebate per household
  • Applicants will receive a rebate on their purchase up to the value of $100 for Modern cloth Nappies and $50 for sanitary products and this rebate will be transferred electronically into the nominated bank account.

Resources to help you get started on  your reusables journey

Australian Nappy Association

Clean Cloth Nappies

Purchasing Modern Cloth Nappies

A review on period underwear

Compost/Worm farm/Bokashi Subsidy

The Town provides a subsidy to its residents to encourage home composting and the improvement of local soils. The above systems can be purchased through the Town at 40% of their retail value. In order to be eligible for the subsidy you must be a Town of Bassendean resident. A limit of one system per household applies.

Bokashi bucket with 1kg Bokashi mix  $34.00

Worm farm with 1kg worms                  $51.50 

220L compost bin                                    $20.00


Bokashi composting


Worm farming

To purchase one of the above systems please call Environment House on (08) 9271 4488.

Free workshops

Workshop: DIY Bath Bombs & Lip Balm

Sat., 11 December 2021, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Bassendean Youth Services, Guildford Road, Bassendean

Register here

Workshop: The ‘Less Waste’ Kitchen

Sat., 12 February 2022



Tour of the Red Hill Waste Facility

February 2022

Pickup location TBC


Workshop: Waste Not

Wed., 13 April 2022



Workshop: Sustainable Habits

Sat., 18 June 2022



For further information about any of the above workshops please email

Switch Your Thinking (SYT)

SYT is a Local Government initiative that aims to support the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to global efforts to secure a safe climate. As a SYT member council, residents of the Town can access a number of benefits including free workshops and rewards for residents.

Visit the Switch Your Thinking website for more information

Containers for Change

Every year in WA we use 1.3 billion drink containers. Help WA recycle more and start cashing in your containers for a 10 cent refund. This is a great way to teach kids about the value of recycling, use the cash as pocket money or donate to a local charity. Eligible containers can be cashed in at a local Containers for Change refund point

Environment House

Located next to Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Environment House is an important community led initiative, Shop Front and Environmental Education Centre.

Visit the shop to learn about how to transform your garden into a wildlife sanctuary or browse their many earth friendly products, from keep cups and reusable grocery bags to eco friendly home and personal care.

Visit Environment House

Earth Carers

Delivered by the EMRC, the Earth Carers course teaches participants practical ways of reducing waste at home and in the community. Learn about the nitty gritty of your waste, where it goes and how to reduce your planet footprint. The course is free for Town of Bassendean residents to attend. Register your interest here.

Repair Café Bassendean

Since its beginnings in 2018, Repair Café Bassendean has successfully repaired 1000 items with 84% of items received being successfully repaired. Visitors will find tools and materials to help make any repairs they need, on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, toys, and much more. Give your items a second life and visit the skilled and friendly members of the Repair Café Bassendean.

Waterwise offers

The Water Corporation provides services and rebates for Customers in the Perth metro area to encourage the adoption of waterwise gardens. Visit their website for more information.

Sustainable Transport

The Town of Bassendean aims to connect the Town through a safe and inviting walking and cycling network and enhance the liveability of local neighbourhoods.

Whitfield Safe Active Street

Whitfield Street in Bassendean recently became a Safe Active Street, safely linking people along a 2.3 km stretch from Guildford Road to Sandy Beach and promoting a new shared street space. The introduction of a 30km/hr speed limit provides walkers, riders and drivers a safer, quieter space to move, encouraging people to jump on their bikes and or walk to local sites. Check out the Your Move website for a map of the Bassendean area.

Your Move

Your Move is a free program run by the Department of Transport that supports individuals, schools and workplaces to start swapping a few car trips each week for walking, riding a bike or catching public transport.

Find out what's on in your local area and discover what other people are doing to get more active as part of their daily routine. Visit Your Move to get moving!

Going single-use plastic free

The Town of Bassendean has introduced a policy prohibiting the use, sale and distribution of single use plastics and balloons from:

  • All operations conducted by the Town.
  • Traders (excluding alfresco dining) operating with a permit issued by the Town.
  • Public functions and/or events held in thoroughfares, public places and on local government property where approval is required from the Town.

The ban does not apply to:

  • Events that do not require approval from the Town.
  • Traders and businesses that do not require a permit from the Town under the Local Law.
  • Activities operating under a lease agreement from the Town entered into prior to this Policy being made.

Why is this important?

Plastic polymers do not biodegrade, but rather break down into smaller and smaller pieces that cannot be seen by the unaided eye. Micro-plastics build up in the environment and accumulate in the food chain.

In many marine environments plastic is now more common than food, with many wildlife filling their stomachs with plastic and starving to death.

Eliminating the use of unnecessary plastic is everyone’s responsibility.

What can be used instead of plastic?

Alternatives to single-use plastics

If you need this

Try this first

and then try this


Reusable mugs and cups provided and a wash station set up on site.

Patrons encouraged to bring their own mug or coffee cup

Compostable cups made from PLA, sugarcane or paper.

Only provide a lid when it is requested.

Plates and bowls

Patrons BYO plate/bowl

Re-usable crockery or re-usable plastic wares provided by vendors and washed on site.

Compostable plates and bowls made from PLA, sugarcane or paper.


Reusable cutlery provided and wash stations set up on site.

Patrons encouraged to bring their own reusable cutlery

Compostable (PLA, sugarcane or paper) or wooden cutlery


Water bottles

Drinking water facilities are made available on site

Patrons can bring their own bottle & refill on site

Reusable bottles available for purchase at the event


Paperboard cartons Aluminium or steel cans


Patrons encouraged to bring their own straw

Stainless steel straws to be washed and re-used.

Paper straws


Patrons encouraged to bring their own reusable bag

Vendors sell re-usable bags

Paper bags

Compostable bags



Provide a condiment station where people can apply sauces directly to their meal.

Provide condiments in compostable packaging such as paper/bamboo or PLA trays.

Cling wrap

Airtight containers

Silicone food wraps

Glass jars for food storage

Sandwich pockets

Bees wax wraps

Compostable plant based soft plastic packaging and cling film.

Baking paper

Where can I find out more?

If you are a café that would ordinarily accept reusable coffee cups and you would like to continue accepting them, please see the Boomerang Alliance A cafe owner's guide to using reusable foodware during Covid-19.

Contact the Town's Recycling & Waste Services Team on 9377 8095 or view the policy and guidance document below:

Council Policy 2.15 Single Use Plastics & Balloons

Guide for Eliminating Single Use Plastics

Helping you transition

Through its partnership with the EMRC, the Town can provide residents free loan of a party box which includes 48 sets of kids plates, cups, cutlery and napkins. A 15L cooler drink mug, cake slicer, serving platters, 2x 4.5m cloth bunting and a ‘Happy Birthday’ ground spike also included.

To hire, contact EMRC Waste Education on (08) 9424 2271 or Loan boxes can be collected from the EMRC.

Plastic Free July

The Town encourages residents to participate in Plastic Free July each year to eliminate single use plastic. You can start small by eliminating your 3 most frequently used items such as, coffee cups, water bottles, cutlery, straws or plastic packaging.

Visit the Plastic Free Foundation for more information and how to participate.

WA Plan for Plastics

The WA State Government has released Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics. Single-use plastic or disposable items will be banned in a phased approach, with the following items being banned by the end of 2021:

  • plates
  • bowls and lids
  • cutlery
  • stirrers
  • straws
  • cups and lids
  • thick plastic bags
  • polystyrene takeaway food containers; and
  • helium balloon releases

Medium-term bans to be introduced by the end of 2022 include the following plastic items:

  • barrier/produce bags
  • microbeads
  • polystyrene packaging
  • polystyrene cups
  • coffee cups and lids
  • cotton buds with plastic shafts 
  • oxo-degradable plastics (plastics designed to break up more rapidly into fragments under certain conditions).

For more detailed information or to read the WA Plan for Plastics visit the website.