Flushable wipes aren’t so flushable after all. Everyone should use the term “flushable” with caution. For sewer systems around the world, wet wipes are becoming a huge problem. Technically, all wipes are flushable in the sense that one can flush them down the toilet drain, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to do so. City’s municipal systems are built to withstand items that break down quickly and easily. Wet wipes do not biodegrade quickly enough to decompose in municipal sewers. In turn, they accumulate and trap other inorganic materials—such as rags and diapers—forming nearly indestructible mounds of sludge that need to physically be removed by workers.
Law suits are on the rise against wet wipe companies that leverage the term, flushable. Workers in Charleston, South Carolina recently spent two days diving into sewage systems to remove massive accumulations of baby wipes, wet wipes, and rags from the city’s intake pipes. In 2013, a 15-ton pile of consolidated sludge was pulled from pipes in London that nearly flooded the city’s entire sewer system and took about three weeks to remove. In New York City, officials have claimed that wet wipes have caused the city $18 million in equipment repairs in recent years. In 2015, the city of Wyoming, Minnesota filed a class-action lawsuit against Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Nice-Pak, and three other wet-wipe manufacturers for marketing their unflushable products as flushable.
So what’s the takeaway? ALL wipes clog pipes. In 2013, the Association of Nonwoven Fabric Industries (INDA) requires a wet wipe to pass seven tests that review the product’s ability to disintegrate, biodegrade, and pass through household and municipal sewer systems. However, there are still wipes on the market that are causing problems for cities everywhere.
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