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What NOT to flush down the toilet

Nov 14, 2023 | Education, Pollution

It is important to pay special attention to what should be flushed down the toilet, and even more critically, what should NOT be flushed.

Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.

What should NOT be flushed?  The following items:

  • Wipes.  These are the main culprits that cause problems for the City’s wastewater treatment plant.  Wipes my be labeled as flushable, but they are NOT.
  • Paper towels.
  • Facial tissue.
  • Diapers.
  • Cotton balls.
  • Cotton swabs.
  • Band aids.
  • Dental floss.
  • Kitty litter.
  • Feminine hygiene products.
  • Condoms.
  • Medications.  The City’s Solid Waste Department has a Recycle Wizard tool at  The City Police Department will dispose of prescription pills at no cost.  Place pills in a plastic bag and bring them to 222 S Marina Street, Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 5 PM.
  • Chemicals.  This includes disinfectants and household cleaners.  (A minimal amount of bleach can be used to clean a household toilet. If you have a septic system, a small amount of bleach will not destroy the healthy microorganisms in your tank.)
  • Proper disposal of chemicals protects your health and the environment.
  • And remember: do not use the toilet as a trash can.

Why is it imperative not to flush these items?

Because it damages wastewater treatment equipment and may cause sewage to overflow, resulting in a negative environmental impact. Solid clumps of matter can clog pumps inside lift stations, burn out expensive motors, and plug industrial screens.

Reclaimed wastewater is stored at Sundog Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the Airport Water Reclamation Facility. The economic reality is fewer repairs equates to lower operating costs.

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