Plastics in wet wipes should be banned, says MP

Wet wipes are used for cleaning surfaces, mopping after children, or removing makeup.

But many of them, if flushed down the drain, end up in our river beds or block our sewers. Because many contain plastics, they also do not break down.

Labor MP Fleur Anderson says that in addition to causing environmental damage, the cost of cleaning them from blocked drains ends up on our water bills.

Proposes a new law to ban the sale or manufacture of wet wipes that contain plastic.

The UK government says it is working with manufacturers and water companies to ensure labeling is clear and to raise awareness of how to properly dispose of wet wipes.

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