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  1. 12/13/2013 REMEMBER – IT’S A TOILET, NOT A TRASHCAN! SOME THINGS JUST DON’T BELONG IN THE TOILET…
  2. Toilets are only meant for one activity, and you know what we’re talking about!  When the wrong thing is flushed, results can include costly backups on your own property or problems at your local wastewater treatment plant.  That’s why it is so important to treat toilets properly and flush only your personal contributions to the local wastewater treatment plant.
     
     
    DON’T FLUSH ANY ITEMS LIKE:
     
    Aquarium Gravel or kitty litter
    Baby wipes and diapers
    Candy and other food wrappers
    Chunks of garbage
    Cigarette butts
    Cleaning sponges
    Clothing labels
    Coffee grinds
    Condoms
    Corrosive substances that are either acidic or caustic
    Cotton swabs
    Disposable toilet brushes
    Egg shells
    Fats, oils or grease from cars or lawnmowers
    Feminine hygiene products
    Flammable or explosive substances
    Flushable cat litter
    Hair
    Motor oil, transmission fluids, anti-freeze or other toxic chemicals
    Paper towels
    Plastic items of any description
    Prescription and over-the-counter medications
    Produce stickers
    Rags and towels
    Rubber items such as latex gloves, condoms, or balloons
    Sanitary napkins
    Solvents, paints, turpentine, nail polish, polish remover
    Syringes
    Toys
    Underwear
     
     
    SEWER OVERFLOWS ARE A MESS – DISPOSABLE DOES NOT MEAN FLUSHABLE!
     
    Flushing paper towels and other garbage down the toilet wastes water and can create sewer backups and overflows.  This can also cause time-consuming backups in the public sewer pipes and at the wastewater treatment plant and related costs can be passed on to ratepayers - YOU.  Even if its label reads “flushable,” you are still safer and more environmentally correct to place the item in a trashcan.  AND…because homeowners are responsible for their property’s sewer pipes, improper flushing can cost you money.  You plug it, you pay for it!
     
     
    AND THERE’S MORE…
     
    Whatever ends up in your toilet can potentially impact the water environment, so it’s really important to keep household wastes such as window cleaners, unused or expired pharmaceutical products, paint thinners, fats, and fruit labels out of toilets and drains and dispose of them properly.
     
    For more information, visit www.wef.org.