What Not to Put in the Sewer
What you put down your drain or flush down your toilet can negatively impact the environment.
- Never pour grease down the sink drain or toilet! Grease cannot be broken down effectively during the wastewater treatment process. Just like a steady diet of greasy food can clog your arteries, grease flushed down the pipes blocks sewers.
- Grease clings to pipes and builds up over time.
- Cold weather solidifies grease.
- Blocked sewage (sewer backup) can surge up through sinks, floor drains and toilets and make for a very, very messy cleanup.
How to Dispose of Grease Properly
- Pour grease into a container. Freeze it and throw it in the garbage. Household liquid edible food oils can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at your local Community Recycling Centre.
- Before washing dishes, scrape hardened grease into the garbage.
- Additives claiming to reduce grease may only pass grease further into the pipe.
Other Items NOT to Flush Down the Toilet or Pour Down the Drain
- Paper towels
- Sanitary napkins
- Household Hazardous Waste
All storm sewers lead to your water.
- The storm sewer system drains into rivers, streams and lakes, and can seep into the ground.
- What goes in the storm sewer can contaminate the sources of our drinking water.
For more information, visit idontflush.ca