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Save the Environment: Tips on What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

Save the Environment:  Tips on What Not to Flush Down the Toilet
BY IRENE MASLOWSKI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

MERCERVILLE  – By making one small tweak in an everyday “disposal habit,” homeowners and businesses can help keep sewer rates down and protect the environment.

The change? Treat pre-moistened wipes like trash, not toilet paper. Instead of flushing them, toss them into the garbage. When it comes to home or office sewer lines, it may be smooth sailing for wipes, but the problem is that unlike toilet paper, they don’t disintegrate and fall apart. Intact, they float along and then converge and accumulate in sewer systems.

Each year, wastewater facilities burn time and money raking and fishing globby messes of wipes out of equipment that pumps, filters, and screens sewage as it enters the treatment plant.

“Wipes build up in sewer lines, causing back-ups and stoppages that can overflow into clean waters and pollute the environment, costing time and money to repair and clean up,” said Peggy Gallos, Executive Director of the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (www.aeanj.org). “Sewer systems have a major role in protecting our environment, and so it is important to see they run smoothly.”

Other products that can cause clogs or other problems and that should not be flushed include:

* Disposable diapers, tampons, sanitary napkins. They are too bulky to pass through the pipes.

 

Bionic Eye Implant Allows Blind Man to See

Bionic Eye Implant Allows Blind Man to See
BY CARL BLESCH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

When surgeon Raymond Iezzi implanted a bionic eye in his blind patient at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, earlier this year, he expected local me...

New App Detects Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Teens

New App Detects Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Teens
BY CARLA CANTOR
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A phone rings in the middle of the night, an anxious teen seeking guidance from a friend. Is it adolescent angst or a serious mental health problem?

Somet...

Recalling Fine Arts and Putting Pizazz in GM Cars

Recalling Fine Arts and Putting Pizazz in GM Cars
BY ROGER WITHERSPOON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ed Welburn was as cool as ever.

A soft-spoken man with a quiet air, he moved through the centerpiece GM exhibit at the New York International Auto Show, barely ...

Use Uber in New Jersey While You Can

Use Uber in New Jersey While You Can
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The transportation network Uber says they might not be in business in New Jersey much longer if certain regulations are passed.

Taxi companies say they are already heavi...

Electric Flash: Green Cars are Getting Stylish

Electric Flash: Green Cars are Getting Stylish
BY ROGER WITHERSPOON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A car doesn’t have to be dull and plodding to be green.

One wouldn’t know that from the proficient, but uninspiring plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles that c...

March Mathness: Robotics Rocks And Grows in N.J.

March Mathness: Robotics Rocks And Grows in N.J.
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

This past weekend as much of America was fixated on March Madness, a large crowd crammed its way into Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, New...

Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean ... and Why N.J. Voices Need to be Heard

Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean ... and Why N.J. Voices Need to be Heard
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) sent a letter today (March 24) to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), requesting th...

The Era of Flying Robots is Upon Us, and It's Going to Be Very Cool (or Utterly Terrifying)

The Era of Flying Robots is Upon Us, and It's Going to Be Very Cool (or Utterly Terrifying)
BY MIKE KESSLER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Dave Anderson has been running whale-watching tours out of Dana Point Harbor, in Southern California, for a good 20 years. Last fall, he noticed somethin...

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