2/13/2019 - Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?


The answer to that question might surprise you. Just because something can be flushed down the toilet doesn't mean that it should be. Unlike regular toilet tissue, so-called flushable wipes do not break down in the flushing process. In fact, once these wipes enter the sewer system, they often cause many of the backups we see in town. This results in an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer, not to mention the damage done once the sewage backs up into your or your neighbor's home.

Please check out the articles below for more information. There is also a Consumer Reports video debunking the idea of the flushable wipe. 

Don't Flush That Wipe - New York Times

Don't Believe the Label 'Flushable' - The Guardian 

Are Wipes Flushable? - Consumer Reports


Lisamarie Schieli, CRP

The City of Hackensack