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Disposable wipes not flushable

No Wipes in the Pipes

It might seem like an easy cleaning solution – use a bathroom wipe and then flush it – but while they are sold as ‘flushable’, wipes really shouldn’t be going down the toilet at all.

The flushable label simply means they will go down your toilet when flushed. Labelling on products needed to be consistent and accurate and that people should be encouraged to put wet wipes into the rubbish, not the toilet.

Wipes - whether they be baby wipes, facial wipes, cleaning wipes or the increasingly popular personal wipes - have the potential to create huge problems in our sewer systems. Wipes, often marketed as a cleaner alternative to toilet paper, don't break down once they are swept down the toilet bowl unlike toilet paper, wipes do not disintegrate in water.

What you need to be concerned about is what happens next?

Wipes stay pretty much intact as they travel through the sewer pipes and can get caught on tree roots or other debris. This increases the chances of a blockage in the sewer pipes which can cause costly damage to pumps or lead to sewer overflows – which have the potential to impact on the environment.

So, throw away any cleaning/disinfecting wipes, moist towelettes, personal hygiene products, baby wipes and any other type of wipe you may use into the garbage, never in your toilet. Clogged sewer lines are ugly and expensive to fix. Binning disposable wipes is such an easy way to minimise our wastewater rates increases, protect our sewer system, our environment and prevent unnecessary trouble

Adopted with permission from Armidale Dumaresq Council

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