Should Wet Wipes Be Banned?

Discussion in 'Environment and Science' started by classic33, May 9, 2018.

  1. classic33

    classic33 Well-Known Member

    There's a call to ban wet wipes as they are a major cause of drain blockages, despite the packets being marked "Do Not Flush". They also contain a high level of non biodegadable material, as a result, like disposable nappies they take a long time to break down. Flished down the toilet, they are a major source of blockages and as the fatbergs found in many city sewer sysems, might, if they were able, testify to the fact that they are also a major cause of blockages in larger drains.

    Cases for keeping them include those with special needs and baby care(hygene). Could it be like the change to the popular drink Lucazade, which many with type 1 diabetes relied upon to help them recover. The impact to one side, despite warnings being given to the manufacturer about the change, not being considered.
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  2. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    Of course they should be banned. Horrible things that cause such a lot of trouble and cost millions of pounds because of the damage caused.

    And saying that some people need them due to special needs is utter tosh. What did they do before wet wipes (which are a new fad). You cannot continue to have fatbergs removed from the UK sewer system simply because a tiny number of people say they need them. Just like the straw debate where a tiny minority say they need them because they have special needs. Total rubbish. Again what did they do before?

    The sooner we get rid of the bliight of wet wipes, the better in my humble oppinion.
  3. OP

    classic33 Well-Known Member

  4. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

  5. Big Andy

    Big Andy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    You wouldnt think it too difficult for the manufacturers to come up with a fully flushabme biodegradable product with a bit of encouragement.
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  6. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    It seems it is easier to not think of things like that. Just make them indestructible, and tell people they can flush them down the loo. Or If they have to write in the tiniest writing on the planet, that they shouldn't be flushed down the loo.

    Maybe if they had to pay a hefty tax to get rid of all the fatbergs all the time, and were not allowed to pass that cost onto the customer, it might make them suddenly able to do just that.
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  7. Highlander

    Highlander Active Member

    Aye, it would be possible to provide bio degradable wet wipes, but what would the oil industry do with there byproducts? What pay for there disposal when they can get weak minded individual to pay good money? You do realise they would have to pay a fortune to get rid of it themselves.
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