Help spread the word: Toilets are not garbage cans

April 3, 2020

Prevent pipe clogs & emergency repairs by flushing only human waste & toilet paper

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some Ontario communities are reporting issues with residents flushing items such as wet wipes, paper towels and facial tissues. 

When these items are flushed, they can cause pipe blockages leading to sewage overflows in homes and businesses – and into the natural environment. They can also cause costly, serious issues in wastewater systems, including damage to important equipment. Service disruptions could occur as a result.

Now more than ever, it’s critical that financial and staffing resources be focused on supporting communities – rather than on dealing with preventable emergency repairs to wastewater infrastructure.

Please do not treat your toilet like a garbage can. Flush only the 3Ps: Pee, Poo & (toilet) Paper. No exceptions.

Even items labelled “flushable” should not be flushed. That’s because they do not break down like toilet paper does.

With everyone’s help, our wastewater systems can continue running smoothly and community resources can be focused where they are needed most.

Thank you and please share this message widely.