• Main Reason Intro 666-A won’t Fix Our Sewers

    Legislation such as Intro 666-A in New York City will have very serious damaging consequences on small businesses. Enforcement fines will hit small businesses, placing another financial burden on local business owners with limited resources. Any storeowner who sells wipes that should not be sold according to Intro 666 would be fined up to $2,500 – that’s an extraordinarily hard hit to one of New York’s hard working small business owners And while it will be a slap on hardworking small business owners, it won’t stop New Yorkers from being able to purchase the product they want. They’ll simply take their business elsewhere, log-in to online retailers and have their products shipped to their doorstep. – Taking business and dollars away from New York’s local storeowners. New York’s small business community – like bodega owners, local grocers, and small store owners – have a hard enough time just running their businesses day in and day out. Now the city wants to turn to them and tell th...

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  • Updated Flushability Guidelines to Help Consumers, Municipalities

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  • Hopefully, Common Sense Wipes Away NYC Sanitary Wipe Bill

    Original source. By Erik LiefA quick perusal of the New York City Council calendar shows that a hearing of the Committee on Environmental Protection, originally slated for this Wednesday, won't be going off as scheduled. Ironically, this will serve the public interest, since at the very least any delay will give legislators additional time to rethink their well-meaning, but ultimately misguided, proposal regarding so-called "flushable" wipes. Two council members, who were concerned about a snowballing obstacle in the city's sewer system, co-sponsored a bill seeking to ban the sale of sanitary wipes within the city's limits if the product is not re-engineered to be system-compatible. Moreover, the measure, according to the New York Post, "would also prohibit labeling the wipes as flushable unless they’ve passed a test approved by the city Department of Environmental Protection." But while the councilmen's bill is intended to help unclog the sewers, their proposal to force national m...

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  • Sewer politics: Council bill blames wrong product for clogging treatment plants

    Original source. By Dave Rousse Paper towels. Baby wipes. Even dental floss. These products are just a very small sample of the items clogging New York City’s sewer system. There’s a problem in New York City’s wastewater treatment plants, and—pardon the pun—it stinks. So, bravo to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection for wanting to do something about it. But here’s the catch: DEP is misdiagnosing the problem—badly. As representatives of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (we call ourselves INDA), we’re ready to help. If only the city will let us. DEP is proposing a bill in the City Council that would actually make the problem worse. The agency wants to regulate “flushable wipes”—legislatively relabeling them in a way that could force them entirely off the shelves in New York City. These products are called “flushable” for a reason: They are engineered to break up once they are sent down the toilet. The industry has taken an aggressive approach to ensure t...

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  • Flushable wipes industry: We are not causing sewage problem

    By Gloria Pazmino Flushable wipe manufacturers say they are not to blame for clogged water treatment plants and are willing to put their money behind a push to educate consumers about it. Dave Rousse, president of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, said the city’s push to pass legislation that would prohibit manufacturers from marketing their wipes as “flushable” will do nothing to address the problem. Instead, Rousse said his association is willing to partner with the city to better educate the public about what exactly flushable means. “My members would be willing to financially support a public campaign which raises the awareness,” Rousse told POLITICO New York. “Right now all of our resources are spent trying to correct the misconception that DEP has created by saying that the problems are caused by flushable wipes.” According to research conducted by the group, only 7 percent of wipes are made and marketed to be flush friendly. Before they are allowed to carry t...

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  • Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Hopes Education, Product Knowledge Will Ensure Proper Product Disposal

    Original source. Cheryl McMullen As wastewater treatment plants across the country from Minnesota to New York City struggle with debris clogging their systems, municipalities are pointing the finger at wipes makers—specifically those labeled flushable. But the nonwoven fabrics industry says it’s working to educate the public about the proper disposal of all wipes. But David Rousse, president of INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, says the association is working to analyze the debris at wastewater plants to determine the real problem, which he says is not flushable wipes, but rather, wipes not intended to be flushed. Non-flushable wipes, he says, make up 93 percent of wipes products, which include items such as baby wipes, hard-surface wipes like Clorox or Lysol wipes, and others not made to flush. “We can flush golf balls and fertilizer and antibiotic,” says Rousse. “None of that is supposed to be flushed, but it can pass through a toilet.” In February, Brooklyn...

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