Wipes Clog Pipes
Flush only the 3 P's (poo, pee, TP) ! Even if it says 'flushable', wipes can cause major problems for wastewater systems. Please #LoveYourPipes by not flushing any sort of disposble wipes
Use MedDrop
Use Safe Communities's MedDrop sites to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medicine and parmaceuticals. Using MedDrop helps prevent accidental posonings, drug abuse or unsafe release of these drugs into the environment. Locations across Dane County. 

Toilets are not Trashcans

Avoid flushing anything except for human waste and toilet paper. Everything else is 'non-flushable'. Although some things like wet wipes, or medicines may physically go down the toilet or drain, it doesn't mean they should.  

What is the harm? 

Pipe clogs or pumping disruptions can often be a result of fats, oils, greases known as FOGs, or non-flushable items like wipes (even if they say flushable) or rags, getting stuck together and layer by layer choking off water flow in pipes. The blockages can often end in messy and costly sewer backups. Preventing FOG or 'non-flushables' from reaching the sewer in the first place is the only way to avoid these problems.

What you can do

Both individuals and business can prevent expensive maintenance problems, backups and overflows by: 

  • wipe dishes clean (into the trash) before washing or putting in the dishwasher
  • maintain grease traps through regular servicing and record keeping
  • provide garbage can(s) (with liner) in your bathroom(s) 
  • use a mesh filter on kitchen sink drains 
  • dispose of grease and used cooking oils either in the garbage, or by recycling where available
  • talking to family members, friends or employees about how they too can protect pipes


Pharmaceutical and Medicine Disposal

Wastewater treatment plants are not currently designed to remove any pharmaceuticals or hormones from wastewater in the treatment process, therefore like other pollutants which cannot be treated for, they pass through the plant and on to the environment. 

Pharmaceuticals are designed to affect human and animal physical and mental processes, and many pharmaceuticals interact with other drugs when mixed. A growing body of research indicates that pharmaceuticals and personal care products PPCPs can have detrimental effects on aquatic organisms. For example, certain drugs have been linked to feminization of fish populations, which could cause issues with reproduction, however relatively little is known about the effects of environmental PPCPs on humans at this time. Traces of pharmaceuticals and their constituents that enter the sewer system through human waste are not realistically preventable, but those pharmaceuticals that enter the sewer system through intentional disposal of unused PPCPs down the drain are preventable. Reducing sources of medicine to the water system is the best way to deal with this challenge at this time.