Shock as a judge sensationally claims flushable wipes DO NOT cause environmental damage despite evidence that they are sewer-polluting & # 39; fatbergs & # 39; cause
- The ACCC has lost its case against Kimberly-Clark with regard to flushable wipes
- The court said that wipes cause blockages but a specific case could not be proven
- Authorties say they are developing the standard for flushable products
The Australian consumer watchdog has lost its federal lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark after a judge was not convinced that the wipes were not suitable for flushing.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission stated that the company made false or misleading claims that their wet towels could be flushed, making consumers think they were similar to toilet paper.
But in the Federal Court on Friday, Judge Jacqueline Gleeson said she was not convinced that the ACCC proved that the brand of wipes was unsuitable for flushing.
& # 39; I do not draw that conclusion because the cases of blockages identified by the complaints are so few in the context of the total sale of the wipes that they are properly considered insignificant, & # 39; she said.
ACCC has lost its federal lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark after a judge was not convinced that the wipes were not suitable for flushing, despite wipes that caused blockages in the sewer system
& # 39; There was sufficient evidence that sweeping products are generally an important management problem for municipal sewerage systems, reducing the function of infrastructure and increasing maintenance costs. & # 39;
But it did not prove that the Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths wipes from the company in a particular case caused damage to, or cost to, a single municipal system.
Evidence from the company's business administration revealed 28 consumer complaints about blockages of households during the relevant period, while millions of packages of their wipes were sold during that period.
Supporters of consumer organizations CHOICE expressed its disappointment with the decision and said it was terrible news for people who care about the environment and waterways of the country.
& # 39; CHOICE warns Australians not to rinse, after this disappointing court decision that means that flushable sweeping companies are not held responsible for clogged sewers, damaged waterways and terrible sanitary bills for Australians, & # 39; head of campaigns and policy, said Sarah Agar.
The top of the country for water companies was also disappointed in the decision, but said it developed the first Australian standard for rinsable products.
But in the Federal Court on Friday, Judge Jacqueline Gleeson said she was not convinced that the ACCC proved that the brand of wipes was unsuitable for flushing
& # 39; Until the standard has been established, we advise consumers to flush only the 3Ps – puddles, toilet paper and toilet paper & # 39 ;, said Adam Lovell, director of Water Services Association of Australia.
& # 39; Wipes and other products increasingly contribute to sewerage blocks.
& # 39; These blocks are sometimes & # 39; fatbergs & # 39; and may disrupt customer service, cause additional costs for water companies and customers, and impact the environment through sewer overflows. & # 39;
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