Flush it Right - What Goes Where

Flush it Right - What Goes Where

Pee, Poo & Toilet Paper

We might think that wastewater systems can deal with anything that is flushed down the toilet or rinsed down the drain. But flushing or rinsing materials down the drain that don't belong is problematic for wastewater systems.

Caring about what goes down your drain will:

  • Prevent blockages, sewer backups and equipment failure. "Unflushable" material such a wipes, dental floss, hair, fats, oils and grease don't break down quickly enough in the wastewater system and can damage equipment or get caught inside pipes causing blockages. Damaged equipment or blockages can cause sewer backups as well as overflow into homes, businesses and the environment.
  • Save money. Removing blockages, fixing damaged equipment and cleaning up sewer backup events is time consuming and expensive. 
  • Protect the environment. Wastewater treatment cannot remove all contaminants. Contaminants that are not removed by the treatment process will enter the environment. 

What Goes Where

Enter the item below to learn if the item goes into your green bin, garbage or if it can be taken back to a depot.


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The Unflushables

"The Unflushables" is the concept and creative courtesy of Metro Vancouver.