Think Before You Flush  

by Alex Greaney
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Think Before You Flush, a campaign operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Uisce Éireann, headed to St. Colmcille Junior National School, Ballybrack, to discuss the environmental issues of marine litter and sewage-related litter. The campaign has asked the students to help spread the campaign message throughout the community.

Think Before You Flush addresses the issue of flushing unsuitable items down the toilet and highlights the consequences of doing so, such as blockages in our wastewater network and treatment plants, surface water overflows and sewage related litter on our beaches and in our oceans, damaging our marine environment. Many toiletries, such as wet wipes, cotton pads and dental floss, are part of the ‘Dirty Dozen’, which are the top 12 items that are incorrectly flushed down the toilet in Ireland. Other items include hair; paper towels; medicine; tampons; food items; contact lenses; condoms; cigarette butts; and cotton bud sticks.  

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