Down the Drain

Go Easy on Your Garbage Disposal

You should always be careful about what you put in your garbage disposal. You should generally avoid putting any large, fibrous, or tough foods into your disposal, as they can cause damage or clogs. Also, to help prevent food from getting stuck, run cold water down the drain while using your garbage disposal.

Below are items that should never be flushed down toilets or poured down a drain:

  • Dental floss
  • Personal care wipes/ baby wipes (even if they say "flushable" they can still cause problems)
  • Diapers
  • Condoms
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton swabs
  • Facial tissue (Kleenex)
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household Hazardous Waste

Most pharmacies will take back unused portions of medications. To find the location nearest you visit: www.healthsteward.ca.

Many items we use for cleaning, home maintenance, gardening and automobile care can be dangerous if poured down our drains. Visit www.regeneration.ca. to find the closest collection site.

Dispose of Grease Properly

Grease is a common cause of sewer blockages and backups. You should never pour cooking oil or grease down a drain or flush it down a toilet. Even if it’s in liquid form when you pour it down the drain, it will eventually cool and solidify, resulting in a blockage in your drain and sewer line. Rather than pouring grease down your pipes, always scrape it into the garbage.