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Flushable Wipe Fiasco

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

We all use or have used wipes. They are an essential item in our daily routine especially since we have become more cautious about health and hygiene. However, it is vital to know how to properly discard of your wipes. Recently the purchase of “flushable wipes”has sky rocketed due to the supposed convenience of wiping then flushing away. However, don’t be fooled by packaging. Flushable wipes contain “non-woven” fabric similar to regular wipes. This means the product cannot break down in water and is non-biodegradable. When you flush your toilet it leaves your property and travels down to a wastewater treatment plant which screens all non-biological items that tend to end up in the sewage stream. Items include sidewalk garbage, sticks, leaves etc.

With this being stated toilet paper is organic and easily breaks up in the sewer system therefore harmlessly passing through screens and later removed in the treatment process. Like mentioned previously, wipes although labeled as flushable contain petroleum this does not break down in water and ends up clogging screens and damaging motors,pumps etc. According, to NYC Water the cost of processing and then removing wipes and transporting them to landfills cost approximately $7.5 million. All in all we are not discouraging you to use wipes. Again they are health/hygiene friendly and extremely helpful if you have a young child or baby. But, just keep in mind to discard your wipes in a waste basket/garbage properly.

Contact Empire Water Main & Sewer (718)715-4862 if you are experiencing any clogs due to wipe flushing!!

We service 24/7 and will arrive at your earliest convenience!!

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