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Do not flush any of the following items:
- houseplant leaves and clippings
- silt or mud
- human or animal hair
- tea bags
- coffee grounds
- cooking grease or animal grease
- cigarettes, cigars, butts
- kitty litter
- solvents, paint
- sanitary napkins
- tampon applicators (plastic or cardboard)
- disposable diapers
- boxes, packaging, wrappers
The items above do not biodegrade during time spent in the wastewater collection and treatment systems. They cause blockages in sanitary sewer service connections, mains and pumping stations, causing backups into homes, and unnecessary discharges to the environment. They foul valves and pumps, resulting in thousands of dollars in maintenance and repair costs each year.
The same answer goes to homes which use on-site disposal (septic tanks and disposal fields). These items do not quickly biodegrade and therefore take up space and may interfere with the normal operation in the tank. They may also interfere with tank maintenance, and may detrimentally affect the municipal system when/if the sludge is finally disposed of.
The general rule is:
If you did not eat it first, you should find another way to dispose of it.
For more information, check out the "Don't Rush, Think Before You Flush" webpage.
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