Wet Wipes Changing the Thames

Over 4,500 wet wipes were found on one 154 meter square patch of foreshore of the Thames during the latest Thames River Watch Big Count event.  Shockingly 277 wet wipes were found in just one square meter which is the highest concentration of wet wipes ever recorded in Britain.   At the biannual Big Count event, volunteers record and clean up the litter along key sites of the Thames River in order to build a picture of the river’s health over time.    A previous survey had found 150 wet wipes in a single square meter of the Thames foreshore.  The wet wipes are changing the shape of the river bed, binding with mud and twigs to form mounds on the inside of bends where the water moves more slowly.

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