Wipes

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CLEAN GREEN BAL­TI­MORE COUNTY

Wipes were the main in­gre­di­ent in this big ball of gunk that nearly caused an over­flow at the Long Quar­ter Sewage Pump­ing Sta­tion.

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