Flushables

What You Shouldn't Flush Down Your Toilet

There are many items in our home that are one-time-use, and it seems like the most logical place to dispose of those items is by flushing them down the toilet. However, though some items are advertised as "safe for septic systems and sewer," they in fact are not meant for complex and intricate wastewater treatment operations.

Items marked as "flushables" aren't the only culprit; there are several things our operators find in the system that have been flushed down toilets.

Boise's Lander Wastewater Treatment Facility

The following items don't break down like toilet paper and clog household pipes, public sewer lift station pumps, and cause sewer backups onto streets, businesses, and homes:

  • Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable")
  • Facial tissues, cotton balls, swabs and pads
  • Cleaning wipes of ANY kind (baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes,etc.)
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads
  • Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Hair
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material
  • Wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)
  • Kitty litter

Clogged pipes and pumps cost money to repair. In the case of lift station pumps, clogged pumps require significant maintenance to ensure the pumps are working properly. If they can't be repaired, they must be replaced, which costs even more money. The solution to this expensive problem is to make sure that only toilet paper is flushed down the toilet.

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