The use of disposable wipes is on the rise. Remember: Wipes clog pipes and can cause sewage backups and overflows. Do not flush any kind of wipe or towelette, even the ones that are labeled as, “flushable.” Do not litter or try to recycle wipes. Place used wipes in a trash can. Help spread the word about wipes by sharing our social media graphic.
You can reduce “wipe waste” by cleaning or disinfecting your home with an EPA-registered disinfectant and reusable, washable cloths instead of disposable wipes.
Clean your face with soap and water using a washcloth or your hands instead of facial wipes.
Use good old fashioned toilet paper instead of wipes labeled, “flushable.” Keep germs inside your toilet by putting down the lid before you flush!
Did I already say not to flush wipes? I did? Okay, good; because it’s really important that you don’t. Wipes clog pipes! That includes all wipes — “flushable” wipes, baby wipes, facial wipes, disinfecting wipes, etc. They all can clog pipes and result in sewage overflows and “fat bergs” like the one below. What CAN you flush down the toilet? Toilet paper.
Wipes were the main ingredient in this big ball of gunk that nearly caused an overflow at the Long Quarter Sewage Pumping Station.