Have you ever heard about the 4 Ps of flushing?
If you have then this is a good reminder, and if not then it may seem obvious but it’s a really simple way to remember and it’s really important that everyone in your household knows about it. So what are The 4 Ps of Flushing?
Did you know, or you have probably never thought about it but the wastewater pipe that runs from your house to the public sewer is usually only about 4 inches wide. I think whenever we think about waste pipes we imagine huge underground pipework that really is not the case.
Flushing wipes, cotton pads, nappies, cotton buds or anything else bar the 4 P’s down the toilet really is a no and can cause your drains to block, flooding you and your neighbours and this waste really is something you don’t want to encounter as well as the cost to unblock and repair.
The flushed items that you shouldn’t flush lead to sewer backups along our waste pipelines and these in the flow of flushed water can cause wear and tear on our systems, with the potential to create increased maintenance costs for households and businesses so always use The 4 Ps of Flushing.
It really is easy……. in the bathroom and toilet, just follow our The 4 Ps of Flushing rule and only flush:
- Paper (toilet paper)
- Puke (sick)
Anything else you want to dispose of needs to go in the bin and not down your toilet. Make it easy for you and your family and keep a bin in your bathroom so there is no temptation to flush things down the toilet you shouldn’t and when you are out and about always make sure you use the bins provided in public toilets for any personal items.
What you shouldn’t flush down the toilet
– Any types of wipes, baby wipes, cleansing wipes, household cleaning wipes, medical wipes or disinfectant wipes, even if they say on the packaging they can be flushed, don’t, as they will block your toilet and waste pipes and often not straight away. If you flush them down your toilet over a long period of time you could unbeknown to you be creating a massive blockage in the pipes that take your toilet waste from your home to the public sewer waste.
– Sanitary items (sanitary towels, tampons, liners, applicators and backing strips), none of these should be flushed down the toilet, however tempting it is, put them in a plastic bag and bin them.
– Cotton wool will create a build up in your pipes and cotton buds can become lodged as they are flushed and create blockages from the waste you can flush away.
– Disposable nappies and nappy liners are big and will most likely cause a blockage in your toilet pipes straight away, resulting in your toilet overflowing.
– Condoms, incontinence pads, colostomy bags, used bandages and contact lenses, however small they seem they must not be flushed as they
What happens to the things we shouldn’t flush down the toilet?
The occasional ‘flush’ of something you shouldn’t, may mean that your toilet or waste pipes don’t block, however, they are still extremely damaging to the environment and will end up in the sea. Always remember, our toilet waste eventually reaches the sea and anything other than biological organic materials that cannot be broken down by nature’s recycling processes and pathways will cause it to be washed up on our beaches, damage our beautiful undersea world and hurt the creatures and animals living there.
So, as well as following The 4 Ps of Flushing Rules what else can you do to help in the fight of saving our world?
- Look for other options and products that you can buy which don’t use as much plastic or where their packaging is recyclable
- Try in all cases to recycle everything you can at home
- Look at the environmentally friendly products you can use at the Reusable Superstore to see what you can replace at home or in your business
- Collect all of your soft plastic and plastic that is non-recyclable and become an Ecobricker. Make sure the plastic is clean and dry and make EcoBricks
What are EcoBricks?
EcoBricks are thermally insulating bricks that are made by simply compressing unrecyclable plastic into 2L bottles.
Making EcoBricks is a way to save the environment whilst supporting the community from the comfort of your home.
What can EcoBricks be used for?
- Versatile play structures for children to create themselves
- Raised beds for our gardens
- Benches for parks and gardens
- Boundary walls
- Temporary structures
The Reusable Superstore
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