Flushed items like wet wipes, cotton buds and dental floss can take more than 500 years to biodegrade in the ocean
- New 2019 research shows that UK residents are flushing more condoms, tampons, cotton buds and wet wipes than in 2018
- According to MCSUK, 8.5% of items flushed will end up on the UK’s beaches
- UKDN creates quiz so that people can find out how long it would take for the items they flush to biodegrade in the ocean
According to Ocean Conservancy, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean every single year, and 8.5% of that comes from the items we flush down the toilet.
In 2018 wastewater and drainage company – UDKN Waterflow (LG) – conducted a survey to see exactly how often the items found in sewers, and those washed up on the UK’s beaches, are flushed.