A “wet dry island” the size of two tennis courts has formed in the Thames – prompting a call from ministers for people to avoid using the objects.
The government is considering a ban on wet wipes containing plastic in an attempt to reduce pollution caused by flushing down the toilet.
Rebecca Pow, an environment minister, said that if members of the public should use wet wipesthey must not flush them down the drains.
Fleur Anderson, a Labor MP, has warned that piles of wet wipes and rubbish are changing the shape of rivers and polluting the water. Wet wipes also make up about 90 percent of the materials in “fatbergs”, accumulations of grease and household waste that