What Not to Flush
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) - should never be poured down the sink, garbage disposal or toilet. FOG sticks to the interior surface of the sewer pipes, hardens over time and eventually may cause sewage to backup and lead to a sewage spill in your home or on our streets. Running hot water as you pour the grease down the drain will not help either. Many people are unaware that pouring hot water and detergent down the drain only breaks up grease temporarily. Pour grease into a can (an empty coffee can works great). Keep it in the refrigerator so the grease can cool/harden, and then dispose of it in the trash. Remember to put FOG where it belongs.
Bathroom wipes- which sometimes are advertised as flushable, are not, sewer officials insist. Neither are tissues, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, make-up pads, various medical materials, condoms and dental floss. Paper towels, diapers, baby wipes and facial tissues are made of materials that don’t break down easily and can cause all pipes to clog. Even if a large object like a diaper makes it to the sewer main (if you're that lucky) they can cause blockages in the sewer main and can cause city pumps to fail. The trash is the place for these items.
Don't Flush Trouble Public Service Announcement 30 sec.
Don't Flush Trouble Public Service Announcement 60 sec.