What items should not be flushed down your toilet?

Residents are reminded that certain solid waste items do not belong in the sewer system. Many materials, flushed or poured down the drain can become stuck in sewer lift stations, potentially causing sewer back-ups in homes. Disposable does not mean Flushable. Items claiming to be biodegradable do not necessarily break down well enough to be put into the sewer system.

Cloth-like materials such as shop towels, kitchen and bathroom wipes can plug up the sewer system. Product packaging clearly indicates disposal into a trashcan. If it doesn't dissolve immediately in a bowl, it should not be placed into the sewer. The exception, of course, is toilet paper.

Grease is also a major problem for the sewer system. It will coat the walls of the sewer pipe and eventually cause a clog and possible sewer back-up. Instead, place grease in a container, let it solidify, and throw it into the trash.

Common items that should not be flushed into the sewer system:

  • Plastic objects (toys, eating utensils, etc)
  • Glass, wood, metal or soil; cooking oil, or other edible food oils
  • Rags, condoms, sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, cotton balls or swabs
  • flushable toilet brushes, wipes and pad
  • Wet wipes, face cloths, or cleaning cloths

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