Protect Your Pipes

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:

  • human waste (urine, feces, vomits)
  • toilet paper

Place these items in your household garbage instead of flushing

  • diapers
  • rags
  • disposable/flushable wipes
  • dental floss o feminine products (including tampons)
  • hair
  • condoms
  • cat litter

Bring these items to a local Household hazardous waste (HHW) Round up or an Eco Station.  

  • household batteries
  • needles (syringes)       
  • paint/oily rags

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:                              

  • Cooking with vegetable/canola oils (FOGs normally develop from animal fats)
  • Collect FOGs from cooking in old containers, let it solidify and cover with plastic wrap before placing it in the garbage.
  • DO NOT pour FOGS down the drain o Place all food scraps into the garbage and not into the sink o Skim off the solidified fats from cooled liquids
  • Use a scraper to remove FOGs from cookware, utensils, dishes
  • Use paper towels to wipe down work areas as cloth towels collect grease that will eventually enter the sewer system from rinsing and washing

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:

  • Rice & Pasta: These foods cannot be broken down small enough and they expand while in contact with water.
  • Grease: Even if the grease is solidified, grinding it into small pieces does not prevent the grease from collecting in pipes.
  • Stringy & Tough-peeled Vegetables: Corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, artichokes etc.
  • Fibers from these foods can tangle and block drains.
  • Coffee Grinds/Egg Shells: These both accumulate in pipes and can cause obstructions
  • Large Amounts of Food: Feed scraps a little at a time with the cold water running. This helps move the food through the pipes

When in doubt, throw it out!