Labelling for Non-Flushable Products

Criteria and clearer labelling part of new Standard to help with fatberg mess.

Wed 06 Jul 2022
The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) welcomes the release of the final standard, DR AS/NZS 5328:2022 Flushable Products, by Standards Australia. 

Mr Adam Lovell, Executive Director of WSAA says the Standard is the result of many years of ground-breaking collaboration between manufacturers, water utilities, peak bodies and consumer groups. 

Although the Standard is voluntary, it provides manufacturers clearer labelling requirements, so customers know for certain whether a product is safe for flushing. 

The message from the water industry has always been - only flush the 3P’s. Now we can also check for the flushable symbol. If there is no flushable symbol on the packet then don’t flush it, bin it! 

Items including wet wipes are an issue for water utilities around the globe, the blockages they cause not only disrupt customer services, but they also create extra costs for utilities and customers, and they impact the environment through overflows. 

Water Services Association of Australia

More information can be found through Water Services Association of Australia and the joint international statement on non-flushable and flushable labelled products.