The use of disposable, pre-moistened wipes and other related products in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years resulting in significant expenses for public wastewater utilities related to clogged pumps, sewer blockages, equipment repairs, and landfill disposal of trash screened out of the raw wastewater. These products are not intended to be flushed down the drain, and even the ones marketed as “flushable” can cause problems in the sewer collection system.
The PROBLEM: these products (even ones labeled “flushable”) do not easily break down in the sewer system.
The SOLUTION: throw all disposable items in the trash, not the toilet.
The term "wipes" applies to a variety of products including:
- Baby wipes
- Kitchen cleaning/disinfecting wipes
- Makeup removal pads
- Paper towels
- Toilet brush pads
- Disposable diapers or nursing pads
- Feminine hygiene products
- Personal care products
For more information on this problem plaguing our sewer systems, please visit the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) website.