Okay, I am guilty of flushing wipes in former times. Moving north to Cumbria to a septic tank arrangement has been an education into what happens when wipes are flushed down the pan. Within hours the whole sewer system at the Tranquil Otter comes to a halt. The offending wipe then has to be removed manually before the system can function. There is a silver lining of course, it means that wipes don’t find their way via the streams to the Solway and to the Irish Sea.
The most sustainable option, a spokeswoman for Keep Britain Tidy, explained was to stop using wipes, and if peoplecannot be persuaded to give up wipes then we ought to think of disposing of them differently. “We didn’t have wet wipes 30 to 40 years ago. People just used flannels,” she said. “There’s three things that should go into a toilet. Putting it crudely, they are pee, poo and paper. Nothing else. Put it in the bin.” We endorse this wholeheartedly and request that our guests put all wipes in the bin. If we can be of help in any way by providing extra bins or bags just ask.
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