UNION, NJ -  It is no secret there has been a run on disinfecting products, including wipes, over the last few weeks.   

Hanifa Johnson, Executive Director of the Joint Meeting of Essex & Union Counties, has issued a reminder to the public that disinfecting wipes, paper towels and/or similar items should not be flushed down the toilet.  Flushing these products leads to clogs in the sewers and causes backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, thereby creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson said.

Even wipes labeled “flushable” should not be flushed down the toilet, added Johnson.  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.  Johnson asks residents to dispose of these products properly in a trash can.