Vancouver, Wash., has a campaign called "Smart Bunnies" that shows a bespectacled rabbit sitting on a toilet and the tag line: "Smart bunnies flush only toilet tissue ... All wipes and other products will clog the pipes!"
"Many new products, such as wipes, claim to be flushable. However, that doesn't mean they're treatable in our wastewater system," according to the campaign's materials. Among the items it says don't belong in the toilet: cleaning rags, reinforced paper towels, baby diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, and medical bandages, tubing and pads.
A study by the Portland Water District in Maine in 2011 analyzed what was causing clogs in their sewer pipes and came up with this analysis:
- 42 percent paper products, including paper towels
- 24 percent baby wipes
- 17 percent hygiene products, including feminine pads and tampons
- 8 percent "flushable" wipes
- Remainder, other items, including household wipes, cosmetic pads and medical materials.