top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Flushable loo roll 'clogging sewers'

Paris’s “hygiene tsar” declares war on biodegradeable toilet rolls after visit to city’s underground sanitation network

SO-CALLED biodegradeable toilet rolls are clogging up the sewers of Paris, the capital’s “hygiene tsar” has said.

Mao Peninou, who is the Town Hall's representative for sanitation, said that he believes the Lotus Aqua Tube breaks local sanitation regulations, and that it is encouraging bad habits among Parisiens.

In a letter to the company, seen by the newspaper 20 Minutes he described the cardboard holder as “a glaring example of technological innovation presented as positive when it is not at all”.

His concerns were raised during a visit to Paris’s underground network of sewers.

It prompted him to say that “even if the roll decomposes it is dirtying the water and clogging up water treatment plants.

“Anything that encourages people to throw things in the toilet bowl is bad.If we put this in the right bin it can be recycled.”

Paris spends €212million a year treating waste water, he said.

He told 20 Minutes, “what we fear most is that it adds additional waste into the sewage system”.

Lotus’ parent company SCA Hygiene Products rejected Mr Peninou’s arguments and insists that the Aqua Tube has “no impact” on the environment whether it is “recycled, composted or flushed down the toilet”.

Photo: Terry Johnston

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now