Save Your Pipes
Your sink and toilet were made to dispose of certain things – not everything though!
Your kitchen sink
In the kitchen, your sink should be used to rinse and clean dishes and prepare for meals, like rinsing vegetables. Things like extra food – pasta noodles, large, bulky food scraps, and grease — fruit stickers (yes, those end up sticking to our wastewater infrastructure), etc. should be disposed of properly.
No wipes – why?
Disposable disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, and even “flushable” wipes cause serious problems in the sanitary sewer system. They simply do not break down easily (or at all) once they are flushed. Paper products other than toilet paper (e.g., paper towels) also do not break down once in the sewer line. No matter what the label says, don’t flush them, instead trash them. Other things to consider trashing:
- Rags and Paper Towels
- Disposable dusters and cleaning wipes
- Coffee grounds and egg shells (compost it!)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Dental floss
Common items flushed and what to do instead
In addition to wipes, be sure not to flush paints, solvents or medications down the toilet.
Dispose of paint and other Household Hazardous Materials at a proper waste disposal site.
Old or expired medication can be properly disposed of all year long at many locations. Also, Placer County sponsors annual Spring and Fall Medication Take Back Days. Find disposal locations near you and annual event details at PNCMS.org/RxDrugSafety.