Why a talking a**hole?
We've got a problem.
Wet wipes are blocking up our sewers.
Most people think they break down like toilet paper when you flush them, but they don't. They get stuck and clog up our drains causing spillages that pollute our waterways and oceans. Our sewage system is at breaking point.
'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 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.
It's important to take care of your a**hole. And the a**holes of those you love. But afterwards, please don't throw wet wipes in the toilet. Be a good a**hole. Put them in the bin.
Help us spread the word by sharing your own a**hole*.
*(This one's a real asterisk) We don't mean share your actual a**hole. But please share the film, you'll help us spread the word.
What can I flush?
The three Ps – Pee, Paper and Poo.
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 the Fine to Flush logo, like Safe to Flush Moist Tissues From Natracare.