The Unflushables

 

Meet the Unflushables

None of these things should be flushed down the toilet:

  • Wipes (baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes, cleaning wipes)
  • Paper towels
  • Tampons & applicators
  • Medications
  • Condoms
  • Floss
  • Hair

Each of these items causes problems for our wastewater system and our environment.

The cloggers belong in the trash

Items like wipes (baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes, cleaning wipes), paper towels, tampons + applicators, condoms, floss and even hair cause problems. These products don’t break down quickly enough in the wastewater system (or at all) and can end up clogging our sewers and your pipes. Clogs are costly to remove and can lead to raw sewage overflows into the environment. Nobody wants that. Put these cloggers in the garbage where they belong.

Medications go back to a pharmacy

Not all medications are removed in the wastewater treatment process and as a result, some chemicals may end up in the environment. Keep these pollutants out of our waterways by taking them back to a local pharmacy. Through the British Columbia Medications Return Program, most pharmacies accept unused or expired medications including all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and natural health products.

Find a pharmacy near you at http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org

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Meet the flushables

The only things that are okay to flush down the toilet are pee, poo and toilet paper.

Anything else wreaks havoc on our sewer system.

What if it says it’s flushable?

Products that say they’re flushable – like tampons and wipes – may make it down your toilet, but they might not make it through our sewers. There are currently no regulations to specify which products can be labelled “flushable”. Cities around the world are trying to develop standards to more accurately label whether or not products are truly flushable. For now, put them in the trash.

Still need convincing?

Watch these videos to flush out any remaining doubts.