Wet wipes are a major cause of sewer blockages that damage properties, flood roads and cost £100 million a year.
Around 90% of wet wipes contain some sort of plastic. This means that unlike toilet paper, they don’t break down in our sewers. Instead, they can get stuck and become one of the main ingredients of the “fatbergs” that block sewers, leading to pollution and flooding. Sewer blockages also mean that storm overflows need to be used more often, leading to pollution in rivers.
And if they make it past the fatbergs, wipes can wash out into the environment, spreading polluting plastics into rivers onto beaches, and endangering wildlife.
BIN THE WIPE AimS TO TACKLE THIs PROBLEM ACROSS THE UK_____
We’re not telling everyone to stop using wipes. Water UK is just asking for one simple change of habit: When you use a wet wipe, put it in the bin, not down the loo.
You can start to support Bin The Wipe now. Rather than flushing them, just bin any wipes you use – and please share the message to your family and friends.
*Unless you’re using a Fine to Flush certified product. Look for the logo