States pass “Do Not Flush” legislation and implement requirements for disposable wet wipes

October 04, 2022

Legislation was proposed at the federal level requiring wipe manufacturers to include “Do Not Flush” language to help address improper disposal of wipe products in sewer systems. As such, certain states have taken action to implement legislation regarding the disposal of premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes that are A) marketed as a baby wipe or B) composed entirely or in part of petrochemical-derived fibers and likely to be used in a bathroom with significant potential to be flushed (i.e., disinfecting wipes).

California, Washington, Oregon, and Illinois all passed a similar bill requiring that manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers of such products adhere to the new guidelines. Currently, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island are all under review for the same legislation.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) played a crucial role in developing the “Do Not Flush” logo that is now required by the aforementioned states.

How can TSG help you?

For all FIFRA regulated products, registrants must submit labels compliant with the new legislative requirements to the US EPA by January 1, 2023, for CA and July 1, 2023, for OR/IL prior to approval of the respective state’s pesticide regulation departments. At this time, only Washington state has implemented a hard deadline requiring (July 1, 2023) “Do Not Flush” language on product labels.

TSG’s team of regulatory experts is happy to assist you with ensuring your labels and applications are compliant with the new regulations. Want to learn more about how these legislative changes will impact your company? Get in touch with us: [email protected]

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