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Baltimore DPW asking residents not to flush wipes, says it causes expensive sewer blockages

Consumer Reports Warns Parents Against Use Of Disinfectant Wipes
Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 13:45:11-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is asking citizens not to flush items down the toilet that do not belong there.

"I realize that we are especially concerned about disinfection and proper disposal of used facial tissues, that is admirable," said Director Matthew W. Garbark. "But disinfectant wipes, tissues, paper towels and flushable wipes do not belong in the toilet.”

The department says flushable wipes don't dissolve like normal toilet paper, and they cause "major, expensive, sewer backups".

Officials say the best way to dispose of the items is in a trash container, using a plastic bag liner and occasional disinfectant spray.

Fats, Oils, and Grease should also be kept out of drains. Officials say to let them cool before throwing them in the trash with paper towels. They say you can also place grease and used oils in an old metal can with a lid.

"By taking these steps, we can prevent sewer blockages, overflows, and expensive plumbing bills for you."