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Wipes cause major blockage

January 5, 2024 8:46 am in by
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Geelong Council is asking those heading to the waterfront to soak up the summer sun, to be careful when using the toilet.

A blockage at the recent long weekend caused significant issues and overflows at the Cunningham Pier and Eastern Beach public toilets.

City workers needed to clear a metre-long blockage from the system over New Years Eve, after a significant number of wipes flushed down toilets at Eastern Beach.

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Council says baby wipes, make up wipes and even some so called ‘flushable’ wipes don’t break down in the sewerage system and cause blockages and overflows.

“Wipes, even the ones labelled as flushable, and items like nappies, cotton buds and sanitary items should always be disposed of in the bin,” Executive Director City Infrastructure, David Greaves said.

“Unfortunately, these products are made from materials that don’t disintegrate when exposed to water,” he said.

“By using the bins provided for items that can’t be flushed, there is less chance of blockages and our facilities are cleaner and safer.

“Community members can report a blockage or other waste issues by calling the City’s customer service line on 5272 5272 or via www.geelongaustralia.com.au.”

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Up to 10,000 people a day are expected to descend on the Eastern Beach area over peak periods in January.

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