What Not to Flush

People sometimes view the toilet as an auxiliary wastebasket – an easy place to dump all kinds of things and make them disappear with the pull of a handle. Unfortunately, many of the items that often end up in the toilet – even products labeled "flushable" or "biodegradable" – can cause significant clogging problems not only in your home or businesses wastewater plumbing, but also in the sanitary sewer system and at the City of River Falls Wastewater Treatment Facility.

There are only TWO THINGS that can be safely flushed down the toilet:

  • Human waste
  • Toilet paper

These items should NEVER be flushed down the toilet:

  • Anything plastic
  • Band-Aids
  • Bleach
  • Cat litter/ excrement
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Coffee grounds
  • Condoms
  • Cosmetics

  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable diapers
  • Facial tissues
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Fish/snakes/little critters
  • Food
  • Grease/oil
  • Hair

  • Nail clippings
  • Paint/sealants/thinners
  • Paper
  • Paper towels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Poisons/hazardous waste
  • Tissues
  • Toilet seat covers
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, "flushable" wipes)

No Wipes in the Pipes

Flushing these items can wreak havoc on sanitary sewer systems including:

  • Clogged pumps
  • Increased overflows
  • Plugged plumbing and septic systems
  • Labor time/cost to respond
  • Failed equipment
  • Injuries to staff cleaning up non-flushable items

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