The Minister of Environmental Protection of the United Kingdom, George Justis, proposed that most types of wet wipes be banned, because they damage the planet and clog sewer pipes, writes The Sun.

Justis blamed wet wipes for most of the sewer blockages, so he is considering banning wipes made of plastic materials that pollute the environment.

According to Justis, most ministers support his proposal.

The decision to think about it came about, among other things, because of the devastating data that 11 billion non-biodegradable wet wipes are thrown away in the UK every year, which cause 93 percent of blockages.

Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom Fleur Anderson proposed that wet wipes be replaced with environmentally friendly alternatives, which can be decomposed.

They do not decompose in the sewer

“Because people don’t really understand that, they throw them in the toilets. Wet wipes often cause clogged sewer pipes. “There are better, biodegradable materials, so we are currently agreeing to pass laws to limit the type of materials that can be used to make wet wipes,” Justis said.

Since wet wipes do not disintegrate in the sewer, they accumulate in the pipes and eventually become clogged.

The government recently said that they would stop the production of wet wipes as part of their plan to eliminate all harmful disposable plastics within 25 years.

For cleaning about 100 million pounds a year

According to Anderson, one sewage station in East London removes 30 tons of wet wipes every day.

“During 2019, 23,000 wet wipes were removed from one part of the banks of the Thames in just two hours. This is even scarier when you consider that our addiction to wet wipes is growing day by day. Not only do they cause damage to the environment and pollute our marine environment, but about 100 million pounds a year should be set aside to remove 300,000 blockages. That is the money that then ends up in our water bills every month, ”she said.

Anderson emphasized that she is not trying to ban wet wipes, but to draw attention to the fact that they should be made of materials without microplastics.

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