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Oxford County Takes a Stance on Disposable Wipes

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Oxford County Council is supporting a motion from Kitchener to change the labels on single use disposable wipes that are labelled as flushable, when they are not.

WOODSTOCK - Oxford County council supported a resolution from the City of Kitchener. 

The resolution asks the Federal government to change regulations for labelling single use disposable wipes. The City of Kitchener recently adopted the motion and has been asking neighbouring County's for support, something Oxford was happy to do. 

Warden Larry Martin says it is a real issue. 

"Some of the stuff that is labelled as flushable, it does not break down and what happens is it plugs up the piping and it plugs up the pumps that pump the waste through the pipes. So this is a by-law to get a standard recognition symbol and if it is labelled disposable, that means it is disposable and it breaks down in water." 

Council was made aware of a study from Ryerson University showing all 23 tested brands of “flushable” wipes failed to fall apart or disperse through the sewer system. A co-author of the Ryerson study estimates that the costs of removing blockages within municipal and private wastewater systems caused by wipes is in the range of $250 million a year across Canada.

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