What Not to Flush

Drains that connect your home to the City sewer lines are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper, and human waste. City sewers and pumps are sized and designed to dispose of very specific things. Using your toilet for disposal of many modern products will often result in blockages.

Homeowner Responsibility

Many items can cause clogs, sewer backups, and overflows that may damage property and the environment. The City maintains and clears City lines up to the curb. Homeowners are responsible for blockages and clogs at their own residence to the curb.

What Should be Flushed

Flush only toilet paper and human waste! Be aware that just because is says “flushable” doesn't mean it’s true. Please dispose of items that should not be flushed in trash and put out on the curb for City pickup.

What Not To Flush

  • Any non-organic material
  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes
  • Cans, bottles, bricks, glass, and wood
  • Clothing, wash cloths, towels, and rags (any cloth item)
  • Dental floss, toothpaste, and vitamins
  • Diapers and adult protective underwear (cloth, disposable, or “flushable”)
  • Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
  • Facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
  • Fats, oils, and greases
  • Food items containing seeds and peelings
  • Medicines or syringes
  • Plastic of any kind
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, and condoms
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads

For more information, read What Not To Flush (PDF).

Contact Information

If you have questions, please call utilities maintenance at 910-938-5249.