“Flushable” Wipes — and Almost Everything Else — Are Not Flushable

Here is a simple truth. Sewer systems were designed to handle two things — human waste and toilet paper. Flushing anything else down the toilet can cause big problems for pipes and wastewater treatment facilities.

Wipes — and yes, even those labeled “flushable” — have been enemy number one of sewer systems for years now. With the COVID-19 outbreak, wipes are flying off the shelves. Flushing wipes increases the chances that your own pipes will get blocked, and causes serious problems for the sewer system in general. So no matter what the container says, please do not flush wipes.

The What Not To Flush list is very long… because it’s everything other than human waste and toilet paper! Here are some commonly-flushed items, as a reminder that none of these are actually flushable: