What Not to Flush

Only flush pee, poo and toilet paper!
Everything else goes in the trash.

Clogs cause sewer back-ups in your home or overflows in the street. Whatever goes down the toilet can impact the environment.

Wipes and Grease Clog Pipes

Put them in the trash!

The two biggest causes of sewer clogs are “flushable” wipes (which are not), and fats, oil and grease (FOG).

Unlike toilet paper, wet wipes remain intact and tangle into massive clogs that jam pumps and block pipes.

Grease cools as it travels through pipes. Over time, the accumulation of grease blocks pipes, and other fatty substances cause clogs, so dispose of all fats, oils, and grease in the trash, not down the drain.


Wastewater treatment plants aren't designed to remove pharmaceuticals.

Keep them out of the environment by disposing of old medications in the trash. And take precautions recommended by the FDA.

Do Not Flush

  • Wipes (even labeled "flushable")
  • Any plastic
  • Aquarium gravel or cat litter
  • Cigarette butts
  • Disposable toilet brushes
  • Grease or oil
  • Medications
  • Paper towels, rags, and dust towels
  • Tampons and sanitary napkins
Wipes clog pipes
Fats, oil and grease clog pipes

Follow the FDA's guidelines for disposing of medications in the trash. Don't flush medications unless directed to do so by your pharmacist.