Flushing anything other than the 3 Ps - poo, pee, and toilet paper - may result in a sewer overflow in your home, or a blockage known as a 'fatberg' in our sewers.
Every year, water utilities remove hundreds or even thousands of sewerage system blockages caused by wipes and other rubbish. This build-up of flushed rubbish can also cause significant damage to your household pipes and lead to overflows in our natural environment.
All this damage and cost are completely avoidable.
Wipes, even those labelled as flushable, do not break down as efficiently as toilet paper. The best way to dispose of wipes, face tissues and paper towels is in the bin.
You can find out more about how we treat wastewater here.
What not to flush
Help us keep our wastewater system working well. Please dispose of these items in the bin:
- All types of wet wipes, including those labelled 'flushable'
- Facial tissues
- Paper napkins or hand towels
- Sanitary items
- Cotton buds
- Dental floss
- Cigarette butts
- Fats and oils
- Food scraps