Press Statement: Plastic ban in wet wipes: response to government announcement

The Rivers Trust’s response to the government announcing a UK-wide ban on the supply and sale of wet wipes containing plastic

Matthew Woodard


Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive

"The long-awaited ban on wet wipes containing plastics has finally made it through the machinery of government. Whilst it's good that we are cutting off one supply of plastic to our environment, all wipes are a significant hazard to river systems, carrying chemical disinfectants and glues as well as potentially disease organisms.

"Even without plastic, wet wipes can still block sewers and wreak environmental havoc.  We call for manufacturers to provide clear labeling on wipes so everyone can take action to make sure that wet wipes are binned not flushed."

Read the government announcement here.

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