UK photographer documents what happens to wet wipes when we flush them away

UK-based wildlife photographer Jason Alexander has warned against the environmental damage caused by wet wipes.

British press this week reported on a 'fatberg' made of wet wipes, oil and grease that was found blocking a sewer in a seaside town in England.

A 'fatberg' is congealed mass of non-biodegradable waste that causes blockages in the in a sewer system.

Alexander explains that wet wipes are made of non-biodegradable plastics such as polyester, polyethene and polypropylene.

I want to raise awareness about wet wipes and other things that are flushed down our toilets that shouldn't be.

Jason Alexander, Photographer and Founder of Rubbish Walks

He cautions that even wet wipes that are promoted as "flushable" often don't break down and can equally pollute the environment.

Alexander started his Rubbish Walks page to document his discoveries while on beach cleans, river cleans and street cleans.

They are "flushable". When you flush them down the toilet they disappear out of sight, but it doesn't mean that they have disappeared out of existence. They go somewhere else.

Jason Alexander, Photographer and Founder of Rubbish Walks

He wants to see homes fitted with waste pipe filters so that household can see first hand what happens when they flush material like wet wipes.

Listen to him explain the dangers of wet wipes:

Image: Rubbish Walks on Twitter.


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