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Thread: $700,000 fine for "flushable wipes" that aren't

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    $700,000 fine for "flushable wipes" that aren't

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    Why did they think they could get away with this?

    Pental fined $700,000 for false claims about 'flushable' White King wipes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    I wouldn't mind seeing a YouTube documentary on companies that blatantly produce products that don't work as advertised.

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    They have made my brother a lot of money. (a plumber) He has been saying it for years about them not bio-degrading in the sewer systems.

    He says 9 times out of ten it is either wipes/sanitary products or those things below. The other is tree roots in the pipes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    Why did they think they could get away with this?
    Probably because they HAVE been getting away with it for many years. It is a problem in all of the affluent Western countries that can afford to spend disposable income on such a decadent product.

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    I have a squirty toilet seat. Best purchase ever! Apart from the progression of coffee machines, of course.

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    Topic reminds me of the Landline episode that showed the bloke at the sewage plant shoveling out many tonnes of apple stickers.

    You know that silly little sticker on the side of fruit to tell you what it is? Well apparently many don't get removed before consumption... and they weren't designed to be "flushable" either.
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    Have always found the stickers Andy refers to a source of irritation, never contemplated the environmental aspect of them.

    Wasteful packaging is one of my pet hates i.e. pods, individual portions, instant noodles etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Have always found the stickers Andy refers to a source of irritation
    You're supposed to take them off the apple first Yelta! ;-) :-)) Might stop you having to scratch the .. um....irritation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chokkidog View Post
    You're supposed to take them off the apple first Yelta!
    Are you!

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    The stickers are only there to cover a bruise or bird peck. Wont be long and we will be seeing multiple stickers on bruised fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Topic reminds me of the Landline episode that showed the bloke at the sewage plant shoveling out many tonnes of apple stickers.

    You know that silly little sticker on the side of fruit to tell you what it is? Well apparently many don't get removed before consumption... and they weren't designed to be "flushable" either.
    Yeah, that one gets me every time...What's worse than finding an apple description sticker on your 1/2 eaten apple?...Finding half a description sticker on your 1/2 eaten apple

    Cheers.

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    The stickers certainly aren't for consumers' direct benefit. But they do typically include price look-up codes, which may help the distributors and vendors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Topic reminds me of the Landline episode that showed the bloke at the sewage plant shoveling out many tonnes of apple stickers.

    You know that silly little sticker on the side of fruit to tell you what it is? Well apparently many don't get removed before consumption... and they weren't designed to be "flushable" either.
    Just paid $140 to a dishwasher technician. Cause of problem... apple stickers.

    Shouldn’t surprise me, my son eats a minimum of four apples a day, and stickers from his lunch always get stuck to the side of his lunchbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjoyce View Post
    Just paid $140 to a dishwasher technician. Cause of problem... apple stickers.

    Shouldn’t surprise me, my son eats a minimum of four apples a day, and stickers from his lunch always get stuck to the side of his lunchbox.
    Tell him to just eat them, it creates employment for the guy at the sewerage plant!

    I should have also mentioned, it was the very end of the line that the stickers were collected. All the other non-flushables were easily caught in different sized strainers but the apple stickers made it all the way to the end and were collected in a specially designed settling tank.

    I don't know if there is a move towards biodegradable or water-soluble stickers but they would put your dishwasher tech out of work too.

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    Funny to hear others issue with those damn stickers. They annoy the hell out of me because Son would remove them and then stick them on things around the kitchen. Not intentionally - just because he was too lazy to put them in the rubbish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Funny to hear others issue with those damn stickers. They annoy the hell out of me ....
    I totally agree, a complete waste of time and money and extremely bad for the environment when they end up in rivers, lakes and the ocean to be consumed by fish, birds etc. I also do not want to eat any residue of adhesive left on my apple each day.
    The new stickers are Bar Coded so if you choose not to use one of their plastic bags the apples send the scanner into meltdown when they try to weigh loose apples.
    I had the manager telling me, as she cancelled a heap of apple transactions, that I should use a plastic bag to pack apples to stop the scanning.
    They just do not get it ! I don't want stickers or plastic bags
    If enough feedback goes through to Coles and Woolworths via their online feedback forms maybe they could be forced to rethink their practices.

    I am not sure if I am allowed to add these links but no doubt they will be deleted if I am out of line.

    Let them know what their customers think

    https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/p...nd-support-faq

    https://www.coles.com.au/customer-service/contact-us
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