Flush or Don't Flush

Just because the label says "flushable" does not mean it is biodegradable. It simply means that it goes down the drain. Wastewater Treatment Plant staff suggest that people flush only toilet paper and cautions to not flush the following:

  • Cleaning wipes of any kind (baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
  • Cloth items such as: wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)
  • Cotton items such as: facial tissues, cotton balls, swabs and pads
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable")
  • Hair
  • Kitty litter
  • Napkins (paper or cloth) and paper towels
  • Personal products, or any non-organic material
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads

These materials don't break down in the sanitary sewer system like toilet paper does. They can block sewer lines, and clog equipment. Backups could occur and may increase the City's maintenance and repair costs.