Are you guilty of using wet wipes? Time for the 'wet wipe police'?

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  1. Viennese

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    Contrary to the wording on wet wipes packaging, they are NOT flushable. Recently in Oxford, a 'fatberg' closed a major road in the city for several days causing chaos while a main sewer was cleared of kitchen fat and 'flushed' wet wipes. Water companies spend millions every year clearing sewers which are blocked by wet wipes. I don't know how the manufacturers can claim they are flushable when they clearly are not.

    This week's Spectator featured a letter from a campsite owner who is having to close their site because of the dreaded wet wipes .

    Don't flush them - you know it makes sense! (We all pay for it in the end!)
     
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    Hi Catherine, I do use quite a lot of them for wiping round when cleaning the bathroom ... maybe not what you mean ... I then don't flush them but put them in the bin.... Do I get a gold star for that please?:Smile:
     
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    We use em at home and in the motor home but they are binned not flushed. :thumb:
     
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    as a drainage engineer told me years ago when sorting a problem in a church i look after, wet wipes are just like velcro and stick to the joints and quickly cause blockages. they make him a very rich man as there is no shortage of work. he pays his workforce overtime at time and a turd:Rofl1:
     
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    Reminds me of a friend who got Delhi Belly in Goa, as he went into the toilet at the airport, the attendant handed him ONE square of toilet paper. He looked at the attendant and said “ its not a square of paper I need pet, its a &#@%^ing pressure washer ” :Eek!:
     
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    you may be amazed at how many full skips of wet wipes and other rubbish leave a sewage farm .
    about three a week from a small one near me. the bigger ones more .
    it amazed me when i started working at them .
    mind you find toweling nappies and lots of other things as well.
    another one is pamper type nappies .
    you wonder how people get them to flush away.
     
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    Joy, you are a very good girl (we all knew that anyway!) :thumb:
     
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    wet wipes, plastic bags, condoms, sanitary products, conspired to block our septic tank, it cost £350 to get it cleared. I can well understand sites closing.:Sad:
     
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    Yes I use them in the bathroom and kitchen at home and in the van, but I always bin them . Same as colour catchers in the washing machine - in the bin .

    Do I get two gold stars now?:Wink:

    Lucille
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    My OH once went out to a job on Christmas Eve - blocked toilet in a second floor flat. There were enough disposable nappies in the sewer pipe to block it from ground floor right up to the flat. The lady who called him out was a young Mum and he felt sorry for her and only charged her the cost of his diesel in getting there even though it was a disgusting, messy job.

    She wasn't going to pay, said it was too much, so he said he'd put them back and she could call the organisation with the orange vans. "But they quoted £400 to come and look and can't get here until tomorrow!". Next time she rang he said he couldn't get there until the following week.

    His pet hate was the toilet freshener blocks that hang on the side of the bowl - thinks they should be banned!

    I didn't even know that the pack said wet wipes were flushable - it wouldn't have occurred to me to dispose of them anywhere other than the refuse bin.
     
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    As with others we use them to clean the van and, to an extent, at home. They always go in the bin though.
     
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    I know somebody who used to work on the sewers for Middlesbrough Council. May years ago he told us of a call out to a house in a well off suburb where they found that condoms were the cause of the blockage.

    The householder, when told, was most indignant, denying responsibility on the grounds that he didn't use condoms, having had the snip. "Do you have a son?" asked Bernie. "No" came the answer.

    Turned out that the lady wife had a friend :whistle:opp5
     
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    Use them for all sorts in the van, one of the best things for cleaning marks of things, flush them never, bin them yes.
     
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    No only men get gold, and you know why:thumb:
     
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    Thought you were a D-I-Y Man Roger:Rofl1:
     
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    In a previous life, one of the things I did was arrange for contractors to unblock toilets,drains,sinks etc. As well as wet wipes,disposal nappies and icontinence pads were a major problem,but fat was the absolute nightmare.

    Once went to a culdesac of 8 property,s, took away a wheelbarrow full of solid fat,but not one of those owners accepted any responsibility for it!!

    Funny how all these things occur, must be the naughty pixies in the night.:BigGrin:
     
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    Ya know in China people are taking that "street fat", reprocessing it and selling it as cooking oil?

    Sounds bad - it's worse! http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-street-vendors-use-gutter-oil-2013-10#!JHzWB
     
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    I am a big fan of wet wipes for all sorts of things but I always put them in a bin. :thumb: I use them to remove make up, wipe dirty marks off my shoes, freshen up arm pits if I have to wait to access a shower :Blush: etc, brilliant things but they should have a large warning on the packets saying "please do not flush" although there will always be that element of society that will never take any notice as they just don't care :Angry:
     
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    Use them to get flies off the front of the MH. Always bin them though.
     
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