Flush & Drain Smarter Do's and Don'ts
|Item||Black cart (Bag it!)||Green cart||Blue bag||Eco Station||Other|
|Cat litter (silica free)|
|Cotton balls / cotton swabs|
|Deceased pets (small)|
|Egg shells, nutshells|
|Fats - Oils - Grease (FOG). Small amounts: collect with paper towel|
|Fats - Oils - Grease (FOG). Larger amounts: pour into container|
|Medicines or pill||Pharmacy|
|Pains, varnish, paint thinner|
|Plastic||Bags, cutlery, dishes, toys, food wrap, packaging||Bottles, containers (rigid), lids||Bottle depot - drink containers|
|Sanitary napkins, tampons & condoms|
|Toilet bowl scrub pads|
|Unusable clothing (i.e.) underpants|
- "Flushable" wipes
- Baby wipes
- Disinfectant wipes
- Hand wipes
- Garage wipes
- Use your toilet as a waste basket.
- Flush wipes - any kind!
Did you know?
Flushing “flushable” wipes is a no-no. The packaging may say they are flushable – but they aren’t! Wipes don’t break down as quickly as toilet paper. Instead, they act like a net that catches other solids like hair, facial tissue or paper towel until they become a solid mass that blocks water through the pipes.
Check out the following short videos for more information:
- Wipes vs. Toilet Paper (Metro Van)
- Metro Van The Unflushables (Metro Van)
- Should You Flush That Wipe? (MSNBC)
The Cost of Clogs
Canadians spend $200 million/year every year to clean up sewer clogs – with most costs directly or indirectly passed onto residents. In 2016, Alberta households faced an average sewer backup cost of over $21,850 according to the Millennium Insurance Corporation.