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25,000 Clare people treating toilets as a bin, claims survey

A SURVEY has revealed that up to 25,000 people in Clare continue to dispose of unflushable items down their toilet causing numerous sewer blockages and creating nasty byproducts that end up on our beaches and shoreline. The survey, conducted by Irish Water and Clean Coasts, urges the public to ‘Think Before You Flush’ wipes and other sanitary items down the toilet. It revealed that those aged under 35 are twice as likely to dispose of ‘flushable’ wipes down the toilet, compared to those aged over 35. The most common items being flushed down the toilet are hair, wipes (any), paper towels, toilet wipes, dental floss, cleaning wipes, any other type of wipe, tampons, baby wipes, facial wipes, cotton buds, cigarette butts. The utility has produced a video to push the message, which offers a brief glimpse of some of the mess that can be created by these habits. According to Irish Water, no wipes whether marked ‘flushable’ or not should …

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Clare resort residents asked to ‘think before you flush’

ACCOMMODATION providers and businesses in Lahinch have received “Think Before You Flush” resources to help combat sewage related litter and wastewater system blockages. The increase in staycations this year means many people will be flocking to popular destinations like Lahinch. As many working in the hospitality sector unfortunately know, the issue of flushing unsuitable items like wet wipes down the toilet, can have huge implications for wastewater systems and can damage the marine environment. As part of the Think Before You Flush regional campaign, B&Bs, hotels, hostels, self-catering apartments and campsites in Lahinch are receiving information and resources about the “Think Before You Flush campaign”. Unlike toilet paper, which is designed to disintegrate quickly in pipes and sewage systems, the synthetic materials in items like wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products makes them very strong and unable to break down. When these unsuitable items are flushed down the toilet, they can causes blockages in our wastewater network, pumping stations and …

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