Bathurst to vote on subsidy for cloth diapers later this month

Bathurst is a step closer to helping some parents make the switch to cloth diapers.

The program, which would be a first-of-its-kind in New Brunswick, would see parents receive a one-time subsidy of up to $150 per child towards the purchase of cloth diaper kits.

Councillor Katherine Lanteigne says disposable diapers can be harmful to a baby's skin and that they're the third most common item found in landfills, taking 300 to 500 years to decompose.

At a cost of around $65 per ton to send trash to the landfill, mayor Paolo Fongemie says such a program could help save the city money while helping to extend the life of cells at the landfill.

Fongemie expects council will vote on the matter later this month.