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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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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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An unusual story about poo here...on an airplane toilet! A bit off piste, but thought it might provide some light relief... A British Airways flight was forced to turn around because of a "smelly poo". The plane was heading from Heathrow to Dubai on Thursday - a seven-hour flight. Abhishek Sachdev, who was on board tweeted: "Insane. Our BA flight to Dubai returned back to Heathrow because of a smelly poo in the toilet." He told a newspaper: "The pilot made an announcement requesting...

Chloe Booker
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Show what happens when a blockage occurs

Sarah Sands
by Sarah Sands
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Sarah Sands

I haven't been to many other countries so I do wonder what they are allowed or not allowed to flush down their toilets. However as we have many foreign visitors to our countries every year I wonder what they are flushing down the toilets.  I wonder if educational leaflets on the book of toilet doors in visitor attractions would help.  Or even a little video on inbound flights to the UK just to provide a little bit of education. As previously said something short and sweet like "If its...

Kathryn Leaning
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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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I posted a commet last week about collective responsibility, and a clear message came out that companies were marketing items as "flushable", which in the long run, are not. One of our panel, had a look blocked from "flushable" toilet wipes. the crux of the matter is that many companies are not necessarily truthful, adverts are not overly honest, but we view these as reputable companies and buy and use these products with no suspision. water companies try to work with these companies, but...

Janet Bradley
by Janet Bradley
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Janet Bradley

maybe we should have toilets like on aircraft which have only a small drainage hole and no water i think this would deter most from shoving what they wish down the loo other than toilet paper

mark burns
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mark burns

When I got married, my husband introduced me to the world of caravans and the world of caravan toilets... something that had not ever entered my head! To explain, a caravan toilet is a type of chemical toilet - the waste is kept in cartridge which needs to be cleared out directly into a septic tank or sewer - on a caravan site they have to provide a place to do this. However, there have been issues in the past where caravan toilets don't smell very nice and so, to mitigate this, and to...

Janet Bradley
by Janet Bradley
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Janet Bradley

First of all I think its important to get the word out to what CAN and CANT be placed down the toilet. (Some people its ignorance - other's just don't care) Punishments for those who have been found to be placing items which are causing blockages - Fines/Penalities.  Rewards for those who can go a length of time without any blockages... money off coupons, days out for families, meals for couples.

Steph Meachen
by Steph Meachen
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Steph Meachen

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
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