Could the FTC and a Supreme Court Decision Bring an End to NonDispersible Wipes?


Two large forces, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Supreme Court  made major decisions which could change how wipes are marketed and sold, and prehaps throw them back in the trash – where they belong.

In May the FTC announced NicePak, one of the world’s largest makers of wipes, had to stop marketing their products as flushable until they can prove their flushability claim.

And now, the Supreme Court has decided pharmaceutical companies can be required by local governments to pay for take back programs for unused medication. In this case, Alameda County required drug makers to create a take back program in order to keep drugs away from recreational users and to keep pills from getting flushed into the water system. The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal by pharmaceutical companies means a lower court decision supporting Alamdea County’s new take-back rules can now be enforced.

Rob Villee, executive director of the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority in New Jersey, speculates the Supreme Court decision, “may open the door for municipalities to bill marketers for damage flushable wipes cause to sewer systems.”


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