Protect your pipes by safely disposing non-flushable items and fats, oils and grease. Everything we deposit into a toilet or sink needs to be removed at a wastewater treatment facility. From baby wipes and hygiene products to cooking oils and sandwich spreads, non-flushable items can clog pipes, damage infrastructure and negatively impact our lakes and rivers.
Fats, oils and grease
When fats, oils and grease (FOG) cool, they form blockages. Blockages can lead to basement flooding and sewage overflows onto streets and surrounding areas. These clogs can also damage your local wastewater facility and your rates may go up to cover costly repairs.
|What is FOG?|
FOG is fats, oils and grease. These include:
|How can I properly dispose of FOG?|
Follow these tips to protect your pipes from FOG:
Did you know that traces of pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment, primarily in water (surface water, groundwater, and drinking water) and soil? One of the ways pharmaceuticals get into our environment is by consumers flushing them down the toilet or the sink.
Most pharmacies will take back unused or expired pharmaceuticals. Visit healthsteward.ca to find your local pharmacy by address/postal code.
Personal hygiene products
Many items we use on a daily basis cannot go down our drains.
Common hygiene items that are flushed—but shouldn't be—include:
Household hazardous waste
Many items we use for general cleaning, home maintenance, gardening and automobile care can be dangerous if poured down our drains. These items contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution. Please check the County of Simcoe's Waste Wizard to find out where to dispose of household hazardous waste products.