PEOPLE are being asked to use their loos responsibly after United Utilities found a weird and wonderful collection of rubbish in their 40,000km of pipes.
Shopping trolleys, a traffic cone and numerous sets of false teeth were just a few of the strange items found in the region’s sewers in the last year along with teddies, dolls, golf balls, a mattress, a live salamander, a microwave and a six-feet-long dead eel.
The company points out that homeowners can cause major disruptions underground and block the sewers.
A survey found that customers do not know what not to flush with 11% of residents admitting they frequently flush other things such as food down the toilet along with other unsavoury objects such as hair, cat litter, chewing gum, fluff, slugs, spiders and cigarettes.
United Utilities has also found mobile phones and Blackberrys, wallets, underwear and fruit, especially oranges.
“Although the strange findings in our sewers sound amusing, this is actually a very serious issue,” said Mike Wood, wastewater manager the company.
“Sewers are built to cope only with wastewater and are unable to process anything heavier.
"People need to understand that by flushing the wrong items they're causing problems underground in the sewer network and potential flooding of their own homes.
"We also want to educate people that flushing away household items such as make-up wipes and cotton buds is not acceptable either.
"By taking simple steps - such as having a bathroom bin - these blockages can be reduced."
According to the Consumer Council for Water, three quarters of all sewer blockages - and half of all cases of sewer flooding - are caused by people putting items they shouldn't down the loo or the sink.