What not to flush

To flush or not to flush? That doesn't have to be the question.

The toilet is not a rubbish bin!

Cotton buds, toothbrushes, toys, golf balls, jewellery and scissors are just some of the things that make their way inside drains. Use a bathroom bin to dispose of these and other bathroom rubbish such as hygiene products, wet wipes and other waste.

When 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 repair costs.

All toilet cleaning and shower products are safe to use without affecting our wastewater system.

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. Put them in the bin instead.

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Safe disposal tips

Follow our safe disposal tips to help ensure you aren't contributing to 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 – wrap these up and put them in the bin.