Flushable wipes cause waste treatment plant backups
Flushable wipes and other not-so-flushable products are causing problems for waste treatment plants.
"Toilets are not garbage cans," said Barry Orr, from the municipal enforcement sewer use group. "This material should be going into the garbage can."
People can easily dispose of these items using a garbage can, he explained.
"It makes a big difference on our waste water system, on our tax dollars and on our environment too."
Holly Tetzlaff, 14, compared the breakdown of toilet paper to so-called flushable wipes for a science project. She took her study all the way to the national science fair.
"There is no standard definition for what is flushable," she said. "There's no standardized testing that the flushable wipes actually have to go through."
With files from CBC's Lorenda Reddekopp