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Responsible Waste Disposal
Improper disposal of products down the sink and toilet can lead to clogging within the sewer system. As these products are flushed into the sewer, they accumulate and may cause total blockages which can also lead to sewer back up and flooding, causing property damage.
Not only does this build-up of material put added strain on the wastewater system, it requires more servicing and pump maintenance, becoming costly to both the County and its residents.
To help reduce the occurrence of blockages, all household products must be disposed of appropriately. This includes a variety of items ranging from common flushable and disposable items to cooking waste.
Disposal of common products:
Today’s society uses a large volume of convenient products which are labeled as “flushable”. However, these items are the primary cause of obstructions as they do not fully break down.
Items allowed to be flushed:
Place these items in your household garbage instead of flushing
Bring these items to a local Household hazardous waste (HHW) Round up or an Eco Station.
Take leftover medications to a pharmacy for disposal.
Disposal of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG):
Pouring fats, oils or grease down the drain also contribute to clogging the sewer system. They tend to solidify on both the private property wastewater lines and the main sewer lines. Residents can help prevent clogs from forming by:
Common FOGS are: Food scraps, meat fats, lard, cooking oil, butter and margarine, sauces and dressings.
Using a Garburator:
Although it seems like there’s nothing a garburator can’t do, not everything should be put down the disposal. It is only meant to help dispose of certain biodegradable food. If used improperly it can be the cause of clogged pipes.
What not to put through the garburator:
When in doubt, throw it out!