The only things okay to flush down the toilet are pee, poo and toilet paper. Anything else can lead to sewer back-ups in your homes and blockages in the wastewater system.
Wipes that claim to be ‘flushable’ aren’t. They keep their shape and strength and don’t breakdown in pipes like toilet paper. This applies to paper towel, facial tissue and napkins too.
Drop off prescription drugs and other medicine at your local pharmacy. Do not flush these as it can harm the environment.
Putting fats, oils and grease (FOG) down your drain harms your plumbing and City sewer pipes. It can create blockages that cause back-ups into your home and affect the City’s sewer infrastructure.
And no, running hot water with it does not make it okay. The grease hardens in the pipes as it cools and sticks to them, causing buildup that will block the entire pipe over time.
Cooking grease coats pipelines similar to how fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the inside of the pipes, eventually causing a complete blockage. Flushing grease down the toilet also causes sewer backups.
Cleaners, disinfectant, chemicals and paint thinners are considered household hazardous waste and should be taken to the Airdrie Recycle Depot for safe disposal.