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Leading the Way to Promote the Proper Disposal of Nonwoven Disposable Products

The deadline to adopt the Fourth Edition Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products (2018) and the Labeling Code of Practice (2nd Edition 2017) is November 1, 2018.

The suppliers of nonwoven materials and products, represented by EDANA and INDA - the Associations representing the vast majority of nonwovens supplied to the market today across EMEA and North America - are committed to communicating to consumers when the toilet is an appropriate disposal route for finished products in the marketplace.

Flushability has been an area of focus for EDANA in Europe and INDA in North America since 2004 when we formed industry-based task forces to address the flushability of nonwoven disposable products. Technical experts from our member companies worked together to develop a definition of flushability, a technical assessment and test methods. The test methods were based on the combined experience of the nonwoven disposable products industry and drew upon expertise from academia, consultancy and the wastewater industry.

In 2008, we issued Edition One of the Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products to help wipe manufacturers assess whether their products should be flushed into the wastewater stream. Subsequently, Edition Two and Edition Three were published in 2009 and 2013.  We are pleased to announce that Edition Four of the Guidelines is now available in 2018.

Since the first edition, our guidance documents have been  living documents, and we continually gather feedback from stakeholders across the nonwovens and wastewater industries to use in reviews and updates of the Guidelines.

We recognise that the appeal of these products comes from the advantages they offer in effectiveness, cleanliness, convenience and ease of use. However, how and where they are used can encourage flushing as the means for disposal which, in certain cases, is not the correct route.

Together, our aim is to reduce the amount of non-flushable material in the wastewater stream.  Only products labeled “flushable” meet industry guidelines to demonstrate compatibility with wastewater infrastructure. With changes to our Guidelines, the industry has enhanced the assessment for flushable products to ensure continued compatibility with wastewater systems, and prominent “Do Not Flush” package labelling to promote consumer awareness of wipes not meant to be flushed. Clear communication on packaging will help to educate consumers on the proper disposal route for products and prevent costly problems at home and at wastewater treatment facilities.

The industry labelling code of practice

In February 2017 EDANA announced an updated Code of Practice on communicating correct disposal for personal care and cleaning wipes in order to protect wastewater systems. In March 2018 EDANA released a statement emphasising the importance of the strict implementation of the voluntary labelling code of practice for wet wipes. 

This statement is now available to download in English, French and German:

EN_EDANA statement on DNF logo - Industry Code Of Practice

FR_EDANA statement on DNF logo - Industry Code Of Practice

DE_EDANA statement on DNF logo - Industry Code Of Practice

For help in applying the Guidelines to your product, or to request a copy of the test methods, please contact for assistance.

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