Just because something can be flushed, doesn’t mean it should be. A lot of strange things come through to our Wastewater Treatment Plants – things that should have been put in the bin, instead of flushed down the toilet.
Only flush the three P’s – pee, poo and paper. Use a bin in your bathroom for everything else.
The problem with wet wipes
Wet wipes don’t disintegrate when flushed like toilet paper, even the ones labelled flushable.
- Wipes can cause blockages in household plumbing, potentially costing thousands of dollars to repair
- Around 120 tonnes of wipes are removed from Queensland wastewater systems every year
- Wet wipes jam pumps and get caught in wastewater reticulation networks and Wastewater Treatment Plants, adding to the overall cost of wastewater treatment because they must be screened out, dumped in bins and trucked off to landfill (which is where they should go in the first place)
Other bathroom baddies
Many bathroom products cause blockages in the sewer and at treatment plants because they don’t break down and cause blockages. Don’t flush:
- Hair balls from hairbrushes
- Cotton buds – they are made of plastic and end up looking like lollipop sticks in the sewer system, sneaking through the tiny holes in filters
- Cotton wool
- Dental floss – it might look innocent but it gets tangled in equipment
- Tampons and sanitary pads – are designed to absorb liquid and don’t break down in the pipes