Flushing advice issued after coronavirus panic buying

Environmental not-for-profit, City to Sea, has today reiterated its advice on what to flush down the loo in a bid to prevent sewer blockages, which can result in waste and plastic washing into our oceans.  The call comes on the back of recent evidence showing more sewers blocked by huge ‘fatbergs’ clogged with wet wipes amid a toilet roll shortage trigged by coronavirus panic buying.

Campaigns Manager at City to Sea, Steve Hynd, said,

“We have seen panic buying around the world of toilet paper. With the shelves empty in many supermarkets,  people are turning to alternative products like wet wipes. We have been saying for a long time now that wet wipe labelling can be confusing and it’s not always clear how you should dispose of them. Most wet wipes are made from plastic, so they don’t break down like toilet paper, they get stuck and clog up our drains and sewers. It’s always best to avoid single-use plastic, like most wet wipes, wherever possible and just use good old-fashioned loo roll. But if you really need to use a wet wipe, please put it in the bin. Or look for ones with Water UK’s Fine to Flush logo.”

He continued,

“We think ‘Fatbergs’ should really be called ‘wet-wipe-bergs’, since they’re made of just 0.5% fat, and 93% wet wipes. And it’s not just our sewers they’re effecting. They’re changing the shape of our rivers and beaches too. The number of wet wipes found on UK beaches has increased by more than 700% in the last decade. We are facing a serious threat from Coronavirus but there is no need to create additional problems on the back of this. If in doubt, only ever flush the 3ps – pee, paper and poo.”

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