Here's What Happens to All Those Wet Wipes You're Flushing

A mechanical rake at the Newtown Creek plant collecting solid waste, mostly wet wipes, for disposal.
A mechanical rake at the Newtown Creek plant collecting solid waste, mostly wet wipes, for disposal.

A few months ago, we sent you on a virtual tour of NYC's largest sewage treatment plant, Green Point's Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The video tour only briefly touched upon wet wipes and other paper products, but a recent New York Times exposé visited the plant to see what happens to these so-called flushable items, and how the City deals with them.

Removal is an unpleasant task. The dank clusters, graying and impenetrable, gain mass like demon snowballs as they travel. Pumps clog. Gears falter. Then, there is the final blow, wrought by an intake of sewage that overwhelmed a portion of a north Brooklyn treatment plant.

Read the rest of this revealing article on the New York Times.

Newtown creek wastewater treatment plant 2x
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

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