Damage Caused by Wipes
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Resources explaining the flushability issue are listed below, including reports, legislation information, and news articles.
Defining ‘Flushability’ for Sewer Use, Ryerson University, March 31, 2019 – This report presents flushability test results for over 100 consumer products.
Nonwoven Fabric Product Analysis Summary Report, Community Engaged Learning Project at Western University, April 2, 2019 – Analyzes the packaging of 25 wipe products and the level of compliance with the INDA 2nd Edition Code of Practice: Communicating Appropriate Disposable Pathways for Nonwoven Wipes to Protect Wastewater Systems.
California AB 1672 – Legislation proposed in 2019 to require the IWSFG Flushability Specification as a flushability standard for wipes and the INDA 2nd Edition Code of Practice: Communicating Appropriate Disposable Pathways for Nonwoven Wipes to Protect Wastewater Systems as a labeling standard for non-flushable wipes.
District of Columbia Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016 – Legislation passed in 2016 to require flushability and labeling standards for flushable and non-flushable wipes.
District of Columbia proposed regulations for implementing the Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016. IWSFG member National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) submitted comments on this proposal.
Media has provided extensive attention to the problems associated with wipes and other products that are inappropriately flushed. The list below provides a sample of this media attention, but is not an exhaustive list.
Eco-groups fight to wipe out wipe clogs with study that disproves flushability, Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine, May 4, 2019.
30 Mar Ocean Heroes: Barry Orr, International Water Services Flushability Group, No Plastic Please.life, March 30, 2019.