‘Do Not Flush’ labels now required on disposable wipes in Washington

‘do Not Flush’ Labels Now Required On Disposable Wipes In Washington

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RENTON, Wash. — If you’re thinking about flushing that disposable wipe next time you use the bathroom, you may want to reconsider.

The Washington Association of Sewer & Water (WASWD) is officially acknowledging a new law requiring a “do not flush” symbol to be brandished on the packaging of disposable wipes.  

Why? The environment.  

Most baby and wet wipes are made of plastic making these products non-biodegradable. When wipes are flushed instead of disposed of in the trash, they can create clogs and wastewater overflows to waterways around the state. Judi Gladstone, the director of WASWD, said millions of dollars are spent yearly cleaning drainage blocks created by the wipes. 

“Utilities across the country spent an estimated $440 million in a year removing clogs caused by improperly flushed single-use wipes products. Here in Washington state is no exception,” said Gladstone. “Proper disposal of wipes in the trash can is the easiest way to help our planet and help our community at the same time.” 

In community wastewater systems, wipe build-up can result in sewage spills, contamination of the environment, and infrastructure damage at wastewater facilities.  

Gladstone is glad to welcome the new generation of labeled wipes. 

“We are hopeful that this new labeling of disposable wipes will help reduce the practice of flushing wipes that cause so many problems in our wastewater systems,” Gladstone stated. 

For more information about disposal practices of wet wipes and other products, click here.

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