International Links

UK

Aims to:

  • Create ‘Think Before You Flush’ communities
  • Ensure manufacturers of sanitary products remove plastics to prevent sewerage system blockages and plastic beach litter.
  • Support a complete ban on microbeads and other unnecessary plastic elements in cosmetic products.

UK

As much as we live in a ‘disposable age’, it’s vital that you think before you flush.

UK

As well as causing problems at home, fats can also clog up the main sewer pipes under the street that take your used water away. Every year there are 28,000 blockages in sewers across the North West – many of these are avoidable.

Canada

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These are just a few of the well-known Canadians who are taking the ‘I don’t flush’ pledge—helping to keep our water clean and free of pharmaceuticals.

UK

Keep it Clear and Boston:

Boston is being targeted as part of Anglian Water’s “Keep it Clear” campaign to tackle the thousands of sewer blockages and flooding caused by people putting the wrong things down sinks and toilets.

Canada

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The Region of Durham’s sanitary sewer system is not designed to dispose of anything beyond human waste, toilet paper and wastewater. Any other item, even if it claims to be flushable, should not be flushed down the toilet.

UK

Surfers Against Sewage and Porthleven:

Surfers Against Sewage are proud to announce Porthleven as the world’s first Think Before You Flush (TBYF) town.

America

Surfers Against Sewage and Porthleven:

NACWA’s Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign is focused on protecting the pipes, pumps, plants, and personnel of wastewater utilities across the nation by reducing the materials that are inappropriately flushed or drained into the sewer system.

UK

Residents asked to help environment campaign:

Residents of Helensburgh are being asked to support an environmental campaign designed to bring major improvements to the area’s coastal waters. West of Scotland Water’s Think Before You Flush Campaign is designed to make people think twice before flushing sanitary waste items down the toilet.

UK

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Every day our homes, beaches and rivers come under threat from our own bad habits in flushing the wrong things down the loo.

Northern Ireland

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It is essential that you take care with what you flush down the toilet. Blockages caused by objects that the sewerage system has not been designed for can create huge damage to your and possibly your neighbours’ property.

UK

Bag it and Bin it – Don’t Flush it:

The aim of the campaign was to reduce the incidence of sanitary items and other sewage related debris (SRD) on UK beaches and riverbanks through a programme of promotion, education and partnership. It sought to raise awareness of the problems of SRD and to encourage people to dispose of personal waste carefully, whether in their own household waste bins or in special disposal bins in public toilets.

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A few small changes will help protect your drains from blockages and keep the sewers flowing.

UK

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All water companies in the UK are committed to looking after our sewers and promoting best practice in the home. In the link there are some examples of the work they are engaging in to protect the UK sewage network.

UK

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Plastic cotton bud stems disposed of into sewage systems are polluting inland waterways and the marine environment worldwide.

North America

Key “Leave Behinds”

  • Don’t use your toilet as a trash can
  • Flushing something even as small as dental floss can cause serious blockages in your sewer system
  • Lakes and rivers become polluted when the wrong things are flushed
  • Choose products that don’t require disposal, like washcloths instead of wipes