New ecological problems are being discovered in this time of health crisis which requires good hand washing and good hygiene. However, sometimes the ease is to use disinfectant, cleansing or makeup remover wipes. However, it is not this heavy use that is the main problem, but where they are found: in the toilet.
The toilet is not a garbage can!
Today, according to France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine, wastewater treatment workers intervene in 70% of cases because of disinfectant wipes. The unusual number of wipes seriously blocks the pipes and prevents proper treatment of wastewater. A known issue, but more important to deal with during containment. Indeed, the number of workers is reduced due to sanitary conditions. Although interventions are provided 24/7, the problem does not diminish. It is therefore urgent to remember what should not be put in the toilet. The only wastes suitable for the toilet are urine, stool and toilet paper. Here is a list of what not to throw in our toilets according to the water information center:
Sanitary napkins and tampons
All types of wipes
Toilet paper rolls, cotton swabs
Contact lenses, condoms, drugs
The different paintings,
Oils, edible fats
An ecological problem to be solved ….
“If they are biodegradable, they are not in the half-hour that will pass between the moment you flush the toilet and the moment they arrive at the wastewater treatment plant, that’s why we suffer from them. consequences ”, expressed Marc Bonnieux (president of the company Société de Distribution Gaz et Eaux) on France Bleu. The traffic jams associated with these overloads are a source of pollution. It directly affects oceans, rivers, rivers and our planet. Although all of our surfaces should be disinfected regularly, we should not neglect our actions.
It doesn’t matter if they are biodegradable or not, their place is in the trash. We must not find it in the wastewater path. Finally, the effectiveness of these wipes is not always 100% certified. However, there are many alternatives based on natural products to disinfect your home: white vinegar, essential oils, baking soda, etc.