According to a WEF press release, the first meeting of a Product Stewardship Initiative occurred on March 26th in Washington, DC. Attendees included representatives from INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry; NACWA, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; APWA, the American Public Works Association; and WEF, the Water Environment Federation. The group is taking steps to establish a strategy to address the growing burden of non-flushable products.
The topics on their agenda included improving product labeling and increasing public awareness about what is and what is not flushable. This meeting between wastewater representatives and marketing leaders in the nonwoven fabrics industry will hopefully induce stricter regulations and fewer wipes problems within the wastewater treatment process. The groups plan to meet several more times this year and roll out initiatives in 2015 and 2016.
“Some nonwoven wipes products are not designed to be flushed but get inappropriately flushed anyway, so INDA is working together with NACWA, APWA, WEF and CWWA to develop improved flushability guidelines…,” said INDA President Dave Rousse.