‘Toilets are not a trash can:’ Here’s why you shouldn’t flush so-called ‘flushable wipes’

Feb 13, 2020

MILWAUKEE -- They may be called "flushable wipes," but wastewater experts said you should not flush them. They don't break down, instead, clogging pipes and causing major damage.

Serving more than a million people through 6,000 miles of pipes, the executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 shared a warning on flushable wipes.

"Flushable wipes really aren't flushable," said Kevin Shafer. "They are not breaking down in the sewer systems the way people think they would, like toilet paper does."

Shafer said he wants to change the narrative on flushable wipes. Just because they go down the toilet doesn't mean you should actually flush them. Shafer said they can cause big problems downstream.

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