Flushing Facts

Flushing Facts - Protect Your Pipes

The package says "Flushable", it must be true.....
​FALSE!  None of the items listed below break down in the wastewater pipes of your home or on the way to the wastewater treatment plant. So what happens when you flush them down the drain? Since they don't break down, they can tangle and clump together, forming clogs that cause sewage to back up into your home or neighborhood. Even items labeled "flushable" are not safe for the wastewater system. Properly dispose of these products in the trash (where they belong) before they cause unpleasant and expensive problems.
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Paper Towels
  • Personal Care Products
  • Pet Waste Bags
  • Wipes
  1. Feminine Hygiene
  2. Paper Towels
  3. Personal Care
  4. Pet Waste Bags
  5. Wipes

Feminine hygiene products, such as sanitary napkins and tampons, are made of fibers like cotton and rayon. They are designed to absorb liquids instead of breaking down like toilet paper. These products can easily result in a clogged wastewater line in your home or community.

Wrap used products in toilet tissue, then put them in the trash.


Flushing Facts - Protect Water Quality

There are several things that should not go down any drain because they can be hazardous to water quality and the environment.
  • Cleaning Products
  • Medicines
  • Paint and Pesticides
  1. Cleaning Products
  2. Medicines
  3. Paint & Pesticides

While it is ok for small amounts of household chemicals to go down the drain (no more than about a cup) large amounts of these chemicals should not be disposed by way of your household plumbing. Bleach, disinfectants and other household cleaners are difficult to extract from water, and chemicals can be harmful to workers and the environment.

The City of Temple hosts an annual Household Hazardous Waste collection day the 2nd Saturday of October. Please use this opportunity to properly dispose of unused cleaning products.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact our Solid Waste office at (254) 298-5725.