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:

"Flushable" Wipes

Nearly all of the items that are marketed as “flushable” are anything but. With the exception of toilet paper, there are no other “flushable” paper products.

Fats, Oils and Greases (also known as FOG)

These include everything from cooking oil to bacon grease to motor oil. Grease sticks to the sides of pipes and creates a thick coating that will eventually block the pipe completely. This can happen to the pipes in your home or to the sewer pipes further down the line. 

Plastic, Latex and Rubber Items

These items will not break down or biodegrade in water, and can cause serious clogs and blockages.

  • Condoms
  • Tampon Applicators
  • Latex Gloves
  • Contact Lenses
  • Toys and Balloons 

Medical Items

Medications and other medical items should never be flushed down the toilet or the drain.

  • Pharmaceuticals (medication)
  • Vitamins
  • Needles
  • Bandages
  • Gauze

Personal Items

It can be tempting to get rid of certain items by flushing them down the drain, but they will quickly clog up pipes.

  • Cosmetics and cosmetic applicators

  • Dental floss

  • Cotton balls and swabs

  • Tissue (Kleenex)

Food Waste

All food waste should be disposed of in the compost or in the garbage. Even if you put it through a garburator, food waste can settle in pipes and cause blockages.

  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Grains and flours
  • Food scraps
  • FOG (fats, oils and greases)

Household Items and Garbage

Even if it's small, anything that isn't toilet paper or human waste can create a clog in your toilet or in the drains.
  • Hair
  • Cigarette butts
  • Cloth
  • Drinking straws
  • String

Harsh Chemicals

These types of products should always be properly disposed of at your local transfer station.
  • Strong cleaning products
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Solvents

Cleaning Supplies

While you may use certain products to clean your bathroom or kitchen, they should never be flushed down the drain.
  • Toilet bowl scrubbing pads
  • Sponges
  • Paper towel