Environmental Tip #3
Disposable not Flushable
No Wipes in the Pipes!
Convenience wipes such as baby, hygienic, cleaning and disinfectant, as well as toilet bowl scrubbers and even paper towels might be labeled as "disposable or flushable" but these items should not go down the drain. Products like these do not break down in the sewer system. They can cause plugs in sewer pipes and pumps and result in sewage backups, costly cleanups and environmental consequences that can cause rate increases.
What can YOU do to help?
1. Do not flush objects down the toilet such as wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, or dental floss.
2. Dispose of these items in your household or business trash receptacle.
3. Inform those who clean your house or business of proper disposal methods for convenience products.
4. Select cleaning supplies that can be washed and reused.
Flushable? Think again .......... !
Just because the package says "flushable" doesn't mean it's true. Many items marked as disposable and/or flushable do not degrade like toilet paper. They can clog pipes and pumps and cause sewer backups into streets, businesses and homes.
Examples of what NOT to flush:
• Wipes of any kind (even those advertised as "flushable")
• Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable")
• Paper towels
• Feminine hygiene products
• Facial tissues
What should you do?
Place them in the garbage. Use old T-shirts or other cloth rags for cleaning. These can then be washed and reused.