Disposable Does Not Mean Flushable
An easy way for homeowners to pretreat their waste is to not dispose of garbage in their toilets.
As wastewater enters the treatment plant the garbage must be screened out to prevent plugs
and pump failures. The material removed from the wastewater influent must then be bagged
and hauled to the landfill. Sometimes the garbage that gets disposed in the sewer system does
not make it to the treatment plant. The garbage gets stuck in the sewer lines and in lift station
pumps, which can result in sanitary sewer overflows.
A sanitary sewer overflow can result in
the sewage backing up into your house, your neighbor's house or into the streets. This creates
a large mess and is costly to clean up.
Below is a list of household items that should not be flushed down the toilet:
- Flushable Wet-Wipes*
- Baby Wipes
- Paper Towels
- Cleaning Towelettes
- Dust Cloths
- Menstrual Care Products
- Toilet Wand Disposable Heads
- Oil and Grease from cooking
- Automotive Fluids
* Note that even wipes that are labeled as "flushable" are on the list. These wipes do not disperse quickly like toilet paper, they can stay intact all the way to the treatment plant.