San Lorenzo, CA, April 22, 2021 –  What you flush down the toilet has a big impact on your home’s plumbing, the sewer system, and our environment. Here are eight things to know about flushing right. Keep these in mind on Earth Day and practice them throughout the year.

  1. Only flush the 3Ps – pee, poop, and (toilet) paper. It’s that simple. Anything else doesn’t go down the toilet. Need a fun reminder? Print a poster.
  2. There is no substitute for toilet paper. Toilet paper is created for use in the sewer system. Paper towels, tissues, wipes, and other paper products don’t break down and cause clogs.
  3. Throw away protective face masks and gloves. Never flush.
  4. Know the top six offenders. They should never go down the toilet: wipes, cotton swabs, hair, dental floss, feminine hygiene product like pads, tampons, and applicators.
  5. Wipes are a leading cause of clogged pipes and a growing problem. Never flush any wipes – baby wipes, so-called flushable wipes, makeup remover wipes, and other wipes. They clog pipes and can make a mess.
  6. Flushed wipes alone result in some $441 million in additional operating costs at U.S. wastewater facilities, according the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. That’s a lot of wasted money.
  7. Things may physically go down the toilet but they will get clogged in the sewer pipes. That’s why you should only flush the 3Ps. This infographic shows the inside story. 
  8. Medications should never go down the toilet OR in the trash! They are household hazardous waste. Take them to the Alameda County HHW facility in Hayward.

Have some Flush Right fun on Earth Day! Take a photo of something to NEVER flush – wipes, tissues, hair – and enter our Flush Right Giveaway. You can win a cool picnic backpack. Submit your photo here.

Find more Flush Right resources to download and share here.

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Since 1911, Oro Loma Sanitary District has provided wastewater collection and treatment services, along with residential and commercial solid waste and recycling services, to its customers. Visit our website to learn more.



Jason Warner
General Manager