Flushable / Disposable Products

Sewer Issues

Many products advertised as flushable/disposable may take several weeks to months to degrade and wind up clogging pipes and pumps, causing backups into streets, businesses and homes. Using the toilet for disposal of many products will often result in blockages. The drains that connect a home to the main sewer line are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste.

Treatment Plant Issues

Also, human waste is made up of bacteria and other microscopic organisms. Pharmaceutical products and products containing chemical agents of any sort, when flushed down the toilet are detrimental to organisms at the treatment plant and receiving waters.

What Not To Flush

Get to know those materials that degrade our wastewater systems.

  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
  • Clothing
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers (cloth, disposable, “flushable”)
  • Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
  • Facial tissues
  • Fats, oils, and greases
  • Food items containing seeds and peelings
  • Hair
  • Napkins, paper towels (paper or cloth)
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material
  • Swiffers
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads
  • Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
  • Wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)

Additional Information

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