What Not To Flush

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What Not To Flush

Flushing items that don’t break up properly can cause costly clogs and back-ups, even contributing to sewage spills into our waterways.   

The only things that should be flushed are toilet paper and human waste.  Many products today are marketed to consumers as "flushable," but these items do not break up like toilet paper and should not be allowed down any toilet or drain.

Avoid costly clean-up and overflows.  Do not flushing the following:

  • paper towels and napkins,
  • facial tissues,
  • baby wipes, moist wipes, disinfecting wipes,
  • toilet cleaning pads,
  • dental floss,
  • feminine hygiene products,
  • cotton balls and swabs,
  • diapers,
  • hair,
  • fats, oils and grease,
  • cat litter,
  • pharmaceuticals and medications

 For information on proper disposal of unwanted medications, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website.

Try an experiment at home
It’s easy to conduct your own test to find out how different items break-up compared to toilet paper.  Take two bowls of water and place toilet paper in one bowl and the questionable item in the second bowl. Swish the items around in the water, wait an hour, then swish again. The toilet paper will have significantly degraded, while the other item will likely still remain intact. Only items that break up like toilet paper should be flushed.  

For more information
If you have any questions on what not to flush, email envirocomp@citystaug.com or call the City's wastewater treatment plant at (904) 825-1045.