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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.

 

Watch Out for Deadly Jellyfish at Jersey Shore

Watch Out for Deadly Jellyfish at Jersey Shore
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

If you’re one of the many people expected to visit the Jersey shore over the holiday weekend, you want to be on the lookout for unwanted company.

The dangerous box jelly...

8 Reasons NJ Nuclear Power Plant Hit With Code Yellow and Other Violations From NRC

8 Reasons NJ Nuclear Power Plant Hit With Code Yellow and Other Violations From NRC
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Oyster Creek nuclear power plant provides a significant source of revenue and employment for Lacey Township- but is it worth it?

Oyster Creek is the oldest operating...

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...

Does New Jersey Still Have a Honeybee Problem?

Does New Jersey Still Have a Honeybee Problem?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Along with all of the issues facing New Jersey comes one you wouldn’t expect. We’re losing our honeybees.

Honeybees pollinate about one-third of the foods eaten in the U...

What’s New at Liberty Science Center?

What’s New at Liberty Science Center?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center takes pride in the fact that it sees about a half a million visitors every year. And the learning center continues to find way to a...

5 Reasons NJ Residents Need the Tesla Home Battery

5 Reasons NJ Residents Need the Tesla Home Battery
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Electric car boss Elon Musk wants to turn your home into your own personal power plant.

Musk took the next step, unveiling his new home battery product Thursday at Tesla...

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 ...

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