The Unflushables


What Can’t Be Flushed and Why

Flushing these items down the toilet causes problems for our wastewater system and our environment.

Wipes, paper towels, hair, floss, tampons and applicators, condoms in garbage.

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. Even if they say they’re flushable, these products go in the garbage.

It costs Metro Vancouver and its members $2.5 million every year to de-clog pump stations, replace damaged equipment and deal with clogged sewers.

What If the Label Says ‘Flushable’?

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

How to Dispose of Expired Medications

Medications are not fully removed in the wastewater treatment process and some chemicals may end up in our environment. Keep these pollutants out of our waterways: dispose of expired medications by taking them back to a local pharmacy. Find a pharmacy near you.

Medications take back to pharmacy.

What Can be Flushed?

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

Only Flush Pee, Poo and Toilet Paper


Still Need Convincing?

Watch these videos to flush out any remaining doubts.


  • Media Inquiries
    Don Bradley


  • Program Information
    Carol ​Nicolls


Unflushables - Perfect Match

Unflushables - The Full Story

Never Flush Hair

Never Flush Wipes

Never Flush Medication

Disposable Wipes vs. Toilet Paper

Disposable Wipes Block Condo Pipes

Disposable Wipes In Our Sewers