New proof that flushing wipes is a major cause of sewer blockages

The report concluded that a renewed united and concertedapproach is required to raise awareness among consumers of what can and cannotbe flushed.

James agrees: “There are things that we water companies can do, such as improve education about what should and shouldn’t be flushed, andwe have a really great programme that does just that.  There are things manufacturers can do, such asmake labelling clearer on non-flushable products.  And, of course, there are things individualscan do – which is bin the wipes rather than flush them.”

The investigation of sewer blockages across the UK forms the main part of the report published today, titled the Wipes in Sewer Blockage Study. It was jointly funded and supported by Water UK, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and EDANA. EDANA is the trade association for the nonwovens industry, which includes the wipes sector.

Since January 2017, EDANA has been promoting the use of a‘Do Not Flush’ symbol on the front of packaging to help stop non-flushable babywipes, cosmetic wipes and household wipes being flushed down Britain’s toilets. 

EDANA members and retailers are being encouraged to adopt the front-of-pack ‘DoNot Flush’ logo on non-flushable wipes by October 2018.


You can read the full report here