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• The New York Times reports that the city's sanitation officials are dismayed by the growing use of wet wipes - traditionally used for babies, but growing more popular with adults - because they are clogging up the city's plumbing networks. According to the story, "The city has spent more than $18 million in the past five years on wipe-related equipment problems, officials said. The volume of materials extracted from screening machines at the city’s wastewater treatment plants has more than doubled since 2008, an increase attributed largely to the wipes."

And now, "A City Council bill, which has the backing of the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, was introduced last month to prohibit advertising certain moist wipes as flushable. The environmental department has begun work on a public awareness campaign concerning the importance of proper wipe disposal: throwing them in the trash."


• In Canada, the Financial Post reports that Loblaw "has launched a program to sell blemished, misshapen or undersized produce under the No Name Naturally Imperfect brand.

"Bags of Naturally Imperfect apples and potatoes are already being sold in select grocery stores across Ontario and Quebec and cost up to 30% less than other fruits and vegetables. In the past, the produce selected for Naturally Imperfect products might have been used for juices, sauces, soups or dehydration."
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