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Washington D.C. finalized a regulation outlining requirements for nonwoven disposable products such as baby or body wipes. As of January 1, 2018, a manufacturer may not label a product that is not considered “flushable” with terms such as “safe to flush,” “safe for sewer systems,” or “safe for septic systems.”
The rules define “flushable” as a nonwoven disposable product that “disperses in a short period of time after flushing in the low-force conditions of a sewer system; is not buoyant; and does not contain plastic or any other material that does not readily degrade in a range of natural environments.”
Also, as of January 1, 2018, manufacturers will be required to label products that are not flushable with a statement indicating, in a clear and conspicuous manner, that the product should not be flushed.
Click to view D.C. Register Act 21-604, Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016:http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=6363799
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