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.”
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