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Notable increase in wet wipes in Malaga's sewage systems since lockdown began

Wet wipes causes blockages.
Wet wipes causes blockages. / SUR
  • Unlike toilet paper, which decomposes in a matter of hours, wet wipes take up to two weeks to biodegrade

Sewage plant operators in Malaga province have reported an increase in wet wipes present in waste water systems since the coronavirus crisis began.

Malaga's provincial authority, the Diputación, which manages a number of sewage plants in smaller towns in inland Malaga through a consortium, has reported a "notable increase" since the lockdown began in mid-March.

Unlike toilet paper, which decomposes in a matter of hours, wet wipes take up to two weeks to biodegrade.

They are one of the main causes of blockages, faults and leaks in sewage systems and 90 per cent of the 400 tonnes of non-organic waste which are removed from sewage systems each month is wet wipes.