Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the Township of Russell presents the first $200 grant from the new washable diaper program to Jasmine Lalonde, mother of four-month-old Adahi Ramirez Lalonde. The new washable diaper program is the first of its kind in Russell Township. The program offers ten $200 grants to families who use washable diapers. A child will use approximately 6,000 disposable diapers from birth to potty training, equivalent to one tonne of waste. This program was designed with the goal of reducing the number of diapers sent to landfills. In addition, washable diapers take several years to decompose, several trees are cut down for their manufacturing and a family that uses washable diapers can save about $1,500 per child. To be eligible for the program, the family must: 1) Have a child under 6 months of age or be pregnant as of January 1, 2018; 2) Be a resident of the Township of Russell; 3) Use washable diapers from birth to potty training; 4) Sign up before December 31, 2018; 5) Submit documentation in the first six months after the birth; 6) Purchase a minimum of 20 new washable diapers during 2018. “The diaper program is just another example of why Russell Township was ranked the 16th best place to raise kids in Canada by MoneySense Magazine.” shared Mayor Pierre Leroux. The application form and any other relevant information are available on the Township of Russell’s website.