What’s Flushable? What Isn’t?

The proliferation of “wipes” is causing widespread problems in sewerage systems. A group in Maine is helping lead the search for responsible remedies.
What’s Flushable? What Isn’t?
Scott Firmin, Portland Water District director of wastewater services.

First came baby wipes. Then hand towelettes. Then makeup remover wipes. Disinfecting wipes for the kitchen. Furniture wipes. Protectant wipes for vehicle tires. On it goes. A search on the Wal-Mart website brings up nearly 600 wipes products.

Where do all these wipes go? Some...

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