We're constantly nagged to not put wet wipes down the bog. I think the
balance of cost and benefit depends on what it's been used for. If it's
reasonably clean, yes, put it in the little bin in the bathroom. But
what if it's got shit on it? In that case I think it should go down the
bog. Benefits: hygienic; no need to put it in a plastic nappy bag; no
chance of odours. Cost: it adds to the non-soluble material that has to
be fished out at the sewage works. But what's the cost per wetwipe of
that? A minute amount I should think.
Giving us all this hassle about wetwipes is just the water companies
trying to make out they are heroes.
Per wipe? minimal. but get a few hundred at one point and you'd easily
block a screen. Blocked screens could cause an overflow, which probably
isn't an expense in monetary terms but is environmentally bad.
I'd imagine wet wipes could act as a very good binder for fatbergs.
Did they say what proportion of solid material was wet wipes? Did they
say what the wet wipes were as a proportion of total throughput? No, of
course not. As usual the media are telling half-truths and lies by
omission. Anything for a headline.
Do you believe everything you're told by the media?
When it is backed up by visual evidence, then yes.
It is the things that occur around the world that they
mass media decide not to show or tell us that is of more
Like the fact that most of the plastic pollution at sea comes
from about 6 rivers in South Asia, which the locals use as their
rubbish disposal mechanism.
The sites that I have visited use a motorised screen, basically metal
links forming a conveyor belt, with one end in the open channel and the
other rising at an angle and depositing whatever is collected into a
skip. As the screen continually clears itself this way, it shouldn't
Are you also a 'cat person' Bill, where it seems perfectly acceptable
for your waste to be shared by others?
We noticed a smell coming up from the sewer cover that is the end of a
spur off the main that runs across the back of all the houses in this
We lifted the lid to find it nearly full to the brim and floating
amongst everything else were loads of wet wipes. We don't use them in
the toilet and so never flush them so they had to have to have come
from someone else.
Turns out a household upstream of us had baby and they were throwing
tons of wet wipes down the toilet, that had blocked the main sewer for
the general area (another row of houses) then impacted everone on that
leg when it all backed up.
I think because it was in the road, the Council came and unblocked the
main issue (at a cost to everyone in the borough) but then several of
us had to also unblock our own sections as the wet wipes also
accumulated in our systems? ;-(
I have every sympathy for people who have a medical condition where
they could make use of these things but I don't see why their problem
should also be shared by others?
When we go camping with a portable toilet you are required to use
'special' toilet paper that (really) dissolves very quickly. So we
did, because we didn't assume it was ok to become a burden to others.
Cheers, T i m
The simple answer for those who use disposable nappies and/or wet wipes
is a supply of nappy bags or dog poo bags, both of which can be neatly
tied and added to the household waste after use. Most such bags are
biodegradable these days.
As mentioned elsewhere, putting anything other than the acceptable
things down the drain, just because it's *inconvenient* to do anything
else, really isn't an excuse.
It's just the same as those you leave stuff outside the local dump
because they went there when it was closed. I guess they think that's
better than fly tipping the stuff somewhere?
It's all down to social responsibility and the assumption that them
and us aren't the same thing? The people who work at the water
treatment works rely on the same water as we do?
If they do something that blocks the sewer or causes a hazard (leaving
waste on the pavement outside the dump) they are denying their own
responsibility for such things.
Similar with people who throw serviceable stuff away (as opposed to
recycling it in some way) when they can't answer the question of
exactly where 'away' is? ;-(
Cheers, T i m
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