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Ban wet wipes containing plastic? Share your views

A consultation on banning wet wipes containing plastic has been begun in a bid to tackle plastic pollution and clean up our waterways.

Water Quality On Derwent Panty

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Wet wipes contribute to 94% of sewer blockages and result in sewage-related litter entering the environment. 

Paddlers have seen this for themselves in our rivers.

British Canoeing is encouraging your contributions to the consultation.

Chantelle Grundy Access and Environment Lead said: "Our community see first hand the scale of the wet wipe issue.

"Significant amounts are being removed from our waterways, sadly not all remnants can be removed, with many wipes caught up in trees following floods, when Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) discharge. 

"We now need urgent government action to ban plastic wet wipes and we encourage our community to respond to this consultation."

What else can I do?

Keep up to date with real time discharges through the Surfers Against Sewage Safer seas and rivers app.

Check how your nearest CSO is performing via the Rivers Trust.

Contact your MP and water company demanding an end to untreated sewage discharges. 

Flush only poo, pee and toilet paper.

Join the Clear Access, Clean Waters campaign.

Report any pollution incidents to the Environment Agency’s 24-hour Hotline: 0800 80 70 60

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The consultation runs until the 25th November 2023.