Disposable Wipes are NOT flushable!
The Town of Pepperell like many communities around the country, have been struggling with pumps and pipes clogged by non-woven fabric consumer products (i.e., baby wipes, disinfection wipes, facial wipes and similar items).
- Many of these wipes are not intended to be flushed down the toilet.
- Some products are labeled as “flushable” for marketing purposes, however most wipes will not break down when flushed. and can cause problems within the collection system.
- Products that don’t disperse often times clog home and business plumbing, and/or end up in pumps, valves and equipment within the wastewater treatment facility
- Homes and businesses on a septic system are a greater threat to wastewater treatment plants because when there waste is disposed of at a WWTP it can be concentrated with these wipes.
- We call these products “non-dispersible” rather than “flushable”, to describe the fact that they do not disperse quickly. The best way to determine is something is “flushable” compare it to the way toilet paper breaks down. If the product doesn’t break down within 30 seconds it should not be flushed down the toilet, but disposed of in the trash.