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What Not To Flush

Tossing so-called “flushable” wipes, paper towels, tissues, tampons, and other dense paper materials into the toilet could end up costing you quite a bundle.

These items do not biodegrade easily or quickly. Wipes and tampons can get stuck in the narrow sanitary sewer service pipe that connects homes and businesses to the city’s wastewater collection system. And if you pour grease or other congealing products down the kitchen sink, these attach to the wipes, causing “fatbergs” to form.
 
The result can be clogged pipes, sewage back-ups into homes, and potentially expensive repairs.

These items should NOT go down the toilet or drain:
  • Wipes

  • Tissues & paper towels

  • Dental floss

  • Tampons & sanitary pads

  • Clumping cat litter

  • Condoms

  • Oil-based hand scrubs

  • Cotton swabs and cotton balls

  • Medicines

  • Rags

  • Oil or grease

Bottom line: If it isn’t toilet paper or doesn’t come out of your body, throw it in the trash.
 

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