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
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.
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