WIIPES Act Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environments Safety (WIPPES) Act (H.R. 2964).

According to INDA, the nonwoven fabrics association, “This bipartisan legislation is intended to address the growing problem of sewer system clogs caused by improper disposal of wipes that are not intended to be disposed of in toilets. This federal solution is the result of a year-long industry collaboration with wastewater operators which has resulted in the passage of similar legislation in seven states. The WIPPES Act will create a national standard based on existing state laws to ensure non-flushable wipes will carry prominent ‘Do Not Flush’ labeling on packaging.”

“ISSA has been a big supporter of this legislation and is pleased to see that it’s been overwhelming passed by the U.S. House of Representatives,” ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft said. “The cleaning industry manufactures, distributes, and uses wipes frequently in buildings, and we are appreciative of the bill’s sponsors, industry partners, and INDA for this commonsense approach to helping make ‘Do Not Flush’ labeling a reality nationwide.”

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate Science, Commerce, and Energy Committee for consideration.

Contact Nothdurft at johnn@issa.com for more information.

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