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Bag It and Bin It

Bag It and Bin It – Don’t Flush It
Bag It and Bin It

A water industry-led campaign Bag It & Bin It aims to educate people about what not to flush.

 Toilets are only designed to take away human waste and toilet paper. Any other personal waste should be disposed of correctly as household waste.

  This protects the environment and the UK’s waterways, avoids harm to marine life and prevents problems in the sewage system, which was not designed with this sort of waste in mind.

Items that shouldn’t be disposed of down the toilet include:

Cotton buds 
Sanitary towels
Baby wipes
Kitchen roll   
Dental floss   
Nappies 
Plasters and bandages 
Razor blades 
Syringes and needles   
Medicines and tablets 

Below is a festive themed reminder of the points made above.

 

Food fat

10 things you should never flush down your toilet

Food fat

Remember to avoid flushing any of these items, which have been fished out from under our streets:

1. Food fat 

A serious problem, as it tends to bind around wet wipes and other detritus like clay around straw. “It slips down sinks very easily when it’s warm,” says Evans, “but once it hits our sewers it cools down and congeals into what we call fatbergs.”

2. Condoms

Difficult to flush, but clearly many people manage it. Evans: “I’ve been down the sewers in central London and seen what appear to be fish on the surface. They’re actually condoms filled with air, bobbing around. It is pretty grim.”

3. Pets 

Goldfish are most common, of course, but hamsters and gerbils are also seen. “They don’t help, because they’re quite sturdy little things.”

4. Nappies 

These are a rarity, because of the sheer difficulty of getting one round the U-bend to begin with, but the blockages they cause can be terrible.

5. Human body parts

These have been found by Thames Water “flushers”, as sewer operatives are known – most often fingers or even hands. In truth, the people sending them down toilets probably have bigger things than sewer abuse to worry about.

6. Cotton buds and tampons 

They just won’t break down. It may take months or years for a fatty ball of them to accumulate, but in the end they do block drains, which then have to be unblocked by hand.

7. Half a Mini 

Probably a one-off, this. “It was dragged out of one of our major London sewers. Pretty bizarre. Obviously that didn’t get flushed down the toilet.”

8. Paint and building waste

The viscosity of paint causes problems when it joins a fatberg. Bits of rubble are heavy enough to settle in bends, providing a base on which wet wipes and food can collect.

9. Drug paraphernalia

Syringes are the main problem, being very nasty and unhygienic.

10. Food 

A piece of bread won’t do any harm, but bones or even apple cores do cause trouble. Sweetcorn collects in large quantities in the sewers, as yellow as it was in the field.

To see the full story and for the source of this information see The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/shortcuts/2012/oct/26/10-things-you-should-never-flush?CMP=twt_gu
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