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Flushing failures.

ROPE, wood, razor blades and nappies were among items flushed down UK toilets last year.

Research published by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy found more than half of people flush things down their loo that they should not.

Earlier this week a sewer collapsed in County Durham and flooded 20 homes due to a blockage caused by a bra and knickers which had been flushed down a toilet.

The lingerie set had snagged across the sewer, in Middleton-St-George, causing grease and rubbish to build up behind it, blocking the sewer and causing pounds 15,000 worth of damage.

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Alan Woods said: "People are littering and don't even realise it. They wrongly believe that toilets are black holes which can swallow up anything they want to get rid of but that is not the case."

The charity, with Water UK, is asking people to think about what they throw in the toilet and to use the bin for sanitary products, face wipes, food, cigarette stubs and cotton buds.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2007
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