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New Report: Effects of Flushable Products On Wastewater Infrastructure and Natural Aquatic Environments

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CWWA member Barry Orr from the City of London and representing the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG) along with Fatih Karadagli, an associate professor of environmental engineering at Sakarya University, Turkey, have submitted a report to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans regarding the effects of flushable products on wastewater infrastructure and aquatic environments.

This report presents a perspective on why Fisheries and Oceans Canada should not consider INDA’s (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) flushability guidelines (4th Edition or GD4) as a potential platform to assess and standardize wet wipes as "flushable”. INDA/EDANA’s (European Disposables and Nonwovens Association) guidelines provide a platform that potentially suits interests of wipe manufacturers, but it fails to protect wastewater infrastructure, municipal funds, public health, and consumers’ interests.

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