What Not to Flush

Your sewer system is designed to handle only two things: human waste and toilet paper. Everything else that ends up in the sewer can cause serious problems such as sewage spills, sewer back-ups and costly damage to wastewater treatment equipment.

Your on-site wastewater treatment plant is a biological treatment system. Certain chemicals can affect the biological activity and cause interruption in service and possibly shut down the operation of the wastewater treatment plant.

Below is a list of the items that you should never flush down the toilet or pour down a drain:

  • “FOG”
    • Fats, oils and greases. These include everything from bacon grease to motor oil. Grease hardens in the pipes to cause serious blockages.
  • Plastic, latex and rubber items
    • Condoms, tampon applicators and latex gloves
    • Toys and balloons
  • Medical items
    • Medications, vitamins, needles, bandages and gauze
  • Paper products (other than toilet paper)
    • Paper towels, personal or cleaning wipes, facial tissue, pads or tampons, toilet seat covers and diapers
  • Food items
    • Meat, vegetable and other food scraps
  • Personal items
    • Cosmetics, dental floss, cotton balls and swabs
    • Jewelry
  • Household items and refuse
    • Hair, cigarette butts, cloth, drinking straws and string
  • Harsh chemicals
    • Strong cleaning products
    • Paints and varnishes
    • Solvents
  • Toilet bowl scrubbing pads