Regional campaign tackles The Unflushables Regional campaign tackles The Unflushables <div class="ExternalClassCA7E310161A34724A4511476C31ED78E"><p>​Many wipes are labelled as "flushable", but they don't break down easily in the sewer system. Once flushed, wipes can clog sewers and toilets, damage pumping equipment, and even cause sewage overflows into the environment. Across Metro Vancouver we spend millions of dollars every year to deal with wipes and other unflushables in the wastewater system. The <em>'Adult Toilet Training'</em> campaign will raise awareness of the problems caused by supposedly flushable wipes. </p><p>The campaign asks residents to put wipes in the garbage, not the toilet. The campaign includes some memorable posters in public washrooms, <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/public-service-announcements/219035640" target="_blank">shareable video</a>, an online quiz and a roaming pink campaign port-a-potty that will travel to community events. </p><p>In addition, local governments are displaying posters in washrooms in their municipal facilities and Shoppers Drug Mart is placing campaign "Never Flush Wipes" signage in the areas of their stores where baby wipes and personal hygiene wipes are sold. </p><p>The regional campaign is based on a 2015 to pilot project conducted with the City of Pitt Meadows, which was successful in reducing the amount of wipes coming into a local wastewater pumping station. </p><p>Wipes and other so-called flushable products cost Canadian municipalities an estimated $250 million every year and with their increased popularity have become an international problem. Metro Vancouver is part of a national group that is working to develop an international (ISO) standard for Canada to more accurately label products that are truly flushable. </p><p>In the meantime, give your toilet and our sewer system a break. Put wipes in the garbage, not the toilet. </p><p>You can brush up on your toilet training, with a great video and artwork at <a href="http://neverflushwipes.ca/" target="_blank">neverflushwipes.ca</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue20-never-flush-wipes.jpg2016-04-27T07:00:00ZGP0|#980b6cf5-dbc2-4d05-ba15-0478f9c594c9;L0|#0980b6cf5-dbc2-4d05-ba15-0478f9c594c9|Issue 20;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass3A4C8C7DA31E478BB7EBFA10F76A48DA"><p>​Many people are surprised to know that wipes labelled as flushable, actually are not. This campaign reminds everyone to put wipes where they belong- in the garbage.</p></div>0