Remember to only flush the 3Ps - pee, poo and (toilet) paper – anything else can result in our sewage system to become gridlocked, leading to big problems.
Wet wipes, cotton buds, toothbrushes, toys, golf balls, jewelry and scissors are just some of the things that make their way inside drains. Remember not to dispose of these and other bathroom rubbish such as hygiene products down your toilet.
If these objects overload the system or cause wastewater blockages, it can be expensive to repair. If the blockage or overflow is on your property, you are responsible for any of the repair costs.
All toilet cleaning and shower products are safe to use without affecting our wastewater system.
We have put together some safe disposal tips to help you do your bit to reduce wastewater blockages.
An important note on wet wipes
Wet wipes may be labelled as ‘flushable' but they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper – so they should not be flushed down the toilet.
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Follow our safe disposal tips
Our safe disposal tips will help you ensure that you avoid any wastewater blockages – or damage to your kitchen or bathroom.
Cooking fats and oils – around 30% of blockages in our wastewater system are caused by fats, oils and grease solidifying in pipes.
To avoid this:
- remove grease and food scraps from your pots, pans and dishes before you wash them
- seal kitchen grease into a container and place it in the bin
- use a strainer in your kitchen sink to ensure these things don't get into the wastewater system.
Chemicals and oils – this includes things like paint, cleaning products, fertiliser, pesticides or oils. None of these should go down the drain. Instead, give these to a licensed hazardous wastes contractor or contact your local council to see if they have hazardous waste drop offs at the local tip.
Engine oils – take this to your local garage or oil recycling centre. Alternatively you can contact your local tip for advice on the best way to dispose of the oil.
Food scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves – remember to put these in the bin or compost.
Newspapers and plastics – it's much better to recycle these kinds of items.
Unused medicines – you can return these to your pharmacy for safe disposal.
Nappies, sanitary products (napkins and tampons), razors, cotton buds, syringes – please wrap these up and put them in the bin.