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People put all sorts of items down their toilets…from seemingly harmless things like cotton buds, through to more bizarre objects like false teeth! 

The problem is that our sewerage system and pumps were not designed to carry this kind of waste away from our homes. These items contribute to over 25,000 blockages every year in the UK. This is costly, hazardous and can cause property flooding and overflows that pollute the environment. We also get ‘fat-bergs’ from food, fat and grease, which in addition to causing blockages can lead to rat infestations. 

This challenge is all about how we can reduce the amount of loo littering by making people aware of its impact and by thinking about innovative ways to stop people putting things other than pee, paper and poo down their loo! 

So let's have your ideas on how achieve this worthwhile goal. Hit the 'Got A Great Idea?' button below and get started! 

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OK I'll admit it I used to flush all sorts down the loo. That is until I went round a sewerage works and saw what happens. A part of the national curriculum in science should include a section on water and wastewater processing. A video production on the problems caused by such items would have educated me earlier and perhaps I could have educated my parents.          

ALSON BOWLER
by ALSON BOWLER
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ALSON BOWLER

Anyone hear the article on the news this am about wet wipes on the beaches? This could act as a catalyst to push for something to be done about wetwipe production/marketing.i still reckon its the toilet wipes that have muddied the water so to speak.when I was around women using baby wipes for changing nappies I dont remember them thinking they could dispose of them down the toilet .

anita lewis
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anita lewis

After my last post "Nothing else down my loo" I actually received a letter from Anglian Water saying they'd had to visit our street to sort out a blockage in the sewer (we have a large septic tank for all the houses on about 3 streets, so v. important to have no blockages) and reminding people what to not put down the toilet. I think people just need to THINK more. Nothing but bodily fluids & excretions and toilet paper (but most people use too much of that) should be going down your...

Hannah Smith
by Hannah Smith
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Hannah Smith

people need to know what blocks toilets as they may not honestly know as they have never been told. maybe a leaflet could be sent out to houses to let them know things that damage the toilet because lets be honest have we been told this before by the water companies??? no, i think it was my parents who told me certain things can go down the toilet when i was younger so shout it out and tell the whole world!

Andrew O'Connor
by Andrew O'Connor
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Andrew O'Connor
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This is a great one to stop blockages occuring in the toilet (At Last!) and its easy to intsall, just push it down the toilet and then and wipes or sanitary products that get put in the toilet get stopped by the metal springed lever inside it. Great.

Louis Allen
by Louis Allen
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Louis Allen

If you put something down the loo that should not go down the toilet maybe a coloured die could come up from the drain and make the water a bright red or yellow!!!! This would deter people putting odd objects down the toilet.There could be a chemical reaction to objects other than wee poo etc etc in the water!!!

Judith Sherlock
by Judith Sherlock
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Judith Sherlock

Because this is on water litter though not loo specific,can not see either of the other two categories been more relevant.Site guardians rule and move if necessary.                                                                                                                      Do not wash away fat,oil or greasy plates down your sink.Itcan solidify in your pipes like a block of Lard,thus creating a blockage,stopping waste water draining away,possibly causing it to back up through your...

George Richardson
by George Richardson
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George Richardson

 Would it be helpful to have a 'sticker' on or under the toilet lid as a reminder of what not to put down the loo, and what message would you write on the sticker?

Jim Samme
by Jim Samme
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Jim Samme

Up to now, we are all accepting that toilet tissue is an acceptable item to be thrown down the toilet (unless you live in China, South America, etc), however, toilet paper has got thicker, and more "comfortable" over the years. Years ago, some used newspaper or did your school have that scratchy paper that was so horrible that I dreaded using the toilets at school? But now most would use a paper toilet tissue - but do you realise a standard Andrex quilted toilet paper is 4-ply? Toilet...

Janet Bradley
by Janet Bradley
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Janet Bradley

If the problem is costly to waste companies, then surely it is worth all of them clubbing together and investing money to produce some Public Service Announcements to run on TV and radio? If this is able to drive a significant change in behaviour then pollutions will be less frequent and running costs for waste companies will come down. Perhaps the government or some environmental charities would back the campaign to encourage the 'Beeb' and other channels to take part in broadcasting them?

Matt Hawkins
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