NYC Council Considers Banning Wipes, Issuing $5K Fines for False Advertising
Two New York City Council members are proposing an ordinance that would ban false advertising on flushable wipes. It would also issue a fine for any wipes product that falsely claims it is “flushable.” The City is spending $3 million alone at the Newton Creek resource recovery facility just to remove wipes from the wastewater.
“Consumers are thinking they’re doing something that’s not wrong, or not causing any harm by letting the non-flushable wipes go down the toilet,” said Counncilmember Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn. “They wouldn’t be able to label things that are not flushable, flushable.”