MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Members of the public are advised to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations regarding cleaning surfaces — including using cleaning and disinfecting wipes — to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Both the Townships of Maplewood and South Orange, however, have sent reminders to their residents NOT to flush these disinfecting wipes, paper towels and/or similar items down the toilet. They must be disposed of properly by placing them in trash cans.

Flushing these products down toilets will lead to clogs in the sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, including the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties, thereby creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Even wipes labeled “flushable” should NOT be flushed down the toilet. They too can clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment. Wipes, including "flushable" wipes, and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper. As such, please dispose of these products properly to allow the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties and its dedicated sewer operators to continue to protect the health and safety of the communities during this crisis by operating the system properly.

Spread the word on social media with the hashtag #wipesclogpipes.