What NOT to flush down the toilet

Your toilet is not a green bin or a garbage can. Very few items should be flushed down the toilet. Flushing certain items can result in a back-up of your sewer line into your home or create problems at the wastewater treatment plant.

Remember to only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and toilet paper! These are the only items that belong in your toilet.

What should NEVER be flushed down the toilet?

  • Personal care wipes/baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair
  • Dental floss
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary products
  • Condoms
  • Old medicines
  • Grease/fat from food

Where should these products be properly disposed of?

Visit the Waste Explorer to find out how to dispose of these items.

Why are ‘flushables’ not allowed to be disposed of down the toilet?

While products may be advertised as ‘flushable,’ in reality items such as baby wipes, makeup remover cloths, and disinfectant wipes do not decompose in the sanitary sewer system. Flushing this material causes damage to the sewer system and may cause sewer backups in your home. Flushables should be disposed of in the garbage.