Bin the wipes
If you need to use wipes, just remember to throw them in the bin, and not the toilet.
Read our guide to bathroom bins.
Here’s an easy-to-remember rule of thumb. Only flush the 3Ps: (toilet) paper, pee and poo.
On average, Scotland suffers 100 sewer blockages every day. 80 of those blockages are caused by items that weren’t meant to be flushed down the loo. As well as being harmful to nature, clearing these blockages creates energy and more harmful CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
So, what are those non-flushable items? Almost all of them are wipes. This means that simply following the 3Ps rule can actually make a huge difference.
It may seem like fats, oils and greases (FOG) go down the kitchen drain with ease. But as they cool, they begin to thicken.
And when fats combine with other materials in the sewer system, they create blockages and nasty fatbergs. FOG make clogs, leading to flooding in your neighbourhood.
If you can’t reuse it, leave it to cool in a container, then scrape it into your food waste recycling or, if it’s a lot, put it in the bin.
If you don’t have a container, here’s a handy guide to making your own “gunk pot”.Find out more
We are delighted to have the support of the following like-minded organisations, who recognise the importance of this campaign.Read more
Watch our video and see how wipes made from plastic can end up in our rivers and oceans, and what we can all do to prevent it.
Bin the wipes.
In our latest campaign, we’re calling for a ban on wipes made with plastic, to help protect our natural environment.Find out more