The Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA) believes effective Do Not Flush labeling and consumer education are the real solutions to decreasing the volume of what studies show is 98 percent of items accumulating in sewer systems: baby wipes, hard surface cleaning wipes, and other hygiene products NOT labeled "flushable."
Flushable Wipes are a helpful product in consumers' daily hygiene regimens and are designed to break down and formal municipal collection studies show that they are not posing problems to wastewater systems.
The RFA will continue to advocate for proper continued use and accessibility to Flushable Wipes and effective Do Not Flush labeling and consumer education on wipes that are not designed to be flushed. We believe regulation or legislation that bans Flushable Wipes may inevitably escalate the problem because many consumers with other products that are not engineered to be flushed. This will cause further damage to wastewater systems.
By properly labeling flushable and non-flushable wipes and adopting responsible flushing habits, we can help solve the problem of non-flushable wipes and other materials negatively impacting municipal wastewater systems.
In California, the wipes industry is working constructively with members of the Legislature and key stakeholders to break through widespread confusion among consumers, wastewater professionals and the media that contributes to mis-disposal of wipes and other hygiene products and wastewater system upsets. Demonstrating the key differences in purpose, design and proper disposal between flushable and non-flushable wipes has been a foundational educational focus.
The wipes industry has joined wastewater sector advocates and Assemblymembers Richard Bloom and Ian Calderon to co-sponsor Assembly Bill 1672, which promotes enhanced Do Not Flush labeling for wipes not designed to be flushed and by their purpose having a higher likelihood of being flushed by the consumer, such as baby wipes and hard surface cleaning wipes.