Defend Your Drains

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Just Because It Can Go Down Doesn't Mean It Should

Wipes, cleaning cloths, paper towels, feminine hygiene products and personal care items don't break down in the sewer pipes of your home. They can tangle and clump, clogging pipes and causing sewage backups and costly plumbing bills.

Dispose of Responsibly

Protect Our Water Quality 

Medicines. Large amounts of cleaning products. Paint and pesticides. Fats, oils and grease. These shouldn't go down the drain or in the trash. They can clog pipes or pollute drinking water. Find out how to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste and what we pick up.

  1. Wipes & Personal Care
  2. Fats, Oils & Grease
  3. Medicines
  4. Paint, Cleaners & Chemicals

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Wipes are great for dirty hands, counters and baby bottoms, but not so good for plumbing. They are designed to hold together and not break down like toilet paper. Because they don't break down, they can become tangled or twisted and caught in home plumbing or the sewer system. 

Why Should You Care?

  • Tangled wipes can block your home plumbing, causing expensive and unpleasant plumbing issues.
  • The city sewer system can become blocked and cause issues that are expensive for the city to clear. Additional costs ultimately pass down to residents. 

What You Can Do

  • Line bathroom trash cans with a plastic grocery bag and throw used wipes in the trash instead of flushing them.
  • Wrap used baby wipes into the soiled diaper, wrap up clean-side-out and put in the trash.
  • Put used wipes in small pet waste bags.