INDA-EDANA Flushability Guidelines, June 2013

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ublished June 2013

Preface

Since the launch of the first edition of this Guideline in 2008, collaborations among INDA,EDANA and Wastewater agencies in the US and Europe identified the need for a more straightforwardand transparent means for differentiating flushable from non-flushable products aswell as the benefits of a uniform labeling approach for non-flushable products to guide properdisposal following use.

As with previous editions, this edition should be considered a living document that will evolve over time to reflect advances in environmental science and nonwoven technologies as well as changes in consumer practices and wastewater infrastructure. INDA/EDANA will commence a review of this document no later than December 31st, 2015.

Continuous improvement in the performance of flushable products and consistent labeling of non-flushable products remains the goal of INDA/EDANA members.

This document provides a unified INDA/EDANA Labeling Code of Practice with clear guidance regarding the use of a standardized “Do Not Flush” symbol. It also contains an explicit decision tree to identify non-flushable products that have a significant risk of being mistakenly or inappropriately disposed via the toilet and need to be labeled. Moreover, this edition includes a radically simplified and linear assessment approach, consisting of seven tests including a municipal pump compatibility test, all of which a product must pass to be considered flushable.

INDA and EDANA acknowledge and are grateful for the invaluable input of all member and nonmember companies, as well as wastewater agencies in the European Union (EU) and United States (US) who have been involved in the dialogue that shaped these new editions of the Guidelines and Code of Practice.

Finally, we are all indebted to Adrian Bridge whose vision started this journey back in 2009, but who sadly passed away before its conclusion.

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