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It's A Toilet Not A Trashcan


Some Things Just Don't Belong in the Toilet.....

Toilets are meant for just one activity and you know what we're talking about!  When the wrong thing is flushed, results can include costly backups on your own property or problems at your local wastewater treatment plant.  That is why it is so important to treat toilets properly and flush only your personal contributions into the sewer system.

Don't flush any items like:

Baby wipes and diapers

Rags and towels, cotton swabs, syringes, candy or other food wrappers

Cleaning sponges, toys, plastic items of any description

Aquarium gravel or kitty litter, rubber items such as latex gloves

Sanitary napkins, applicators, hair, underwear, or disposable toilet brushes.

Sewer Overflows are a mess -- Disposable does not mean flushable.

Flushing paper towels and other garbage down the toilet wastes water and can create sewer backups and overflows.  This can also cause time-consuming backups in the public sewer pipes and at the local wastewater treatment plant, and related costs are included in the sewer users fees.  Even if its label reads "flushable", you are still safer and more environmentally correct to place the item in the trashcan.  Since homeowners are responsible for their property's sewer pipes, improper flushing can cost you money.

Also, it is really important to keep household wastes such as window cleaners, unused or expired pharaceutical products, paint thinners, fats, and fruit labels out of toilets and drains.  Please dispose of them properly.

Published by the Water Environment Federation, Alexandria VA.

Check out "Don't Flush Baby Wipes" link.