How Wipes Damage Municipal Sewer Systems

Wet wipes and other unflushables (read: garbage that people tend to think is ok flush down the toilet) are wrecking havoc on municipal sewer systems. But with the increase in personal wipes usage and the growing popularity from convenience of wipes, people often disreagard the “Don’t Flush” warning and do it anyways. But what happens when we flush wipes, and what makes them not flushable?

The biggest problem with the wipes is that they are “nondispersible,” which means they will not break apart as soon as the toilet is flushed and completely break up within five minutes, like toilet paper does. These products are made of nonwoven fabrics manufactured by entangling fibers in a sheet or web structure and bonding them mechanically, chemically or thermally. The fibers are not knitted or woven as conventional fabrics are. This makes them very durable, and that is great for many other uses, but not good for flushing down the toilet.

Marked flushable or not, the only things meant to be safely flushed down the toilet is human waste and toilet paper. To reduce the urge to throw anything else in the toilet, try keeping a trash can next to it in the restroom. That way you are reminded daily and have another convenient option right in front of you!

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