Flushable? Think Again.

Did You Know? What we put down our drains and toilets can negatively impact our environment and put our health at risk. Even items labeled "flushable" can clog pipes, tangle pumps and result in messy and costly sewer backups. By educating ourselves and others, we can avoid expensive and dangerous mistakes while improving our sewer system practices.

How You Can Help. UW-Madison is making a concerted effort to improve our bathroom practices on campus, and we're trying to get the word out. The problem is that most people don't know that certain items shouldn't be flushed - especially when they are improperly labeled as "flushable."

In case you weren't aware, here's a list of items that shouldFlushable Project Poster never be flushed down the toilet, no matter what the label says:

  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
  • Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals**
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads
  • Swiffer® products
  • Napkins (paper or cloth) or paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Fats, oils and greases
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms or any non-organic materials
  • Wash cloths, towels, rags, underwear or any cloth items
  • Band-Aids® or dressings
  • Plastic bags or wrappers
  • Kitty litter, cat feces or bagged dog feces, fish gravel

In Conclusion. There are only two items that we should ever flush: human waste and toilet paper. If you cannot avoid purchasing and using items that have been labeled "flushable," throw them away after use rather than putting them into our sewer system. Together we can make a difference.

**Please note that unwanted or unneeded medicines and pharmaceuticals can be brought to a med drop box on campus. Contact UW PD for more information.

Spread the Word. Download and print our informational poster to post in your bathroom stall(s): Standard Size (8.5 x 11") or Large Size (11 x 17").

For More Information. Visit the Madison Metropolitan District website at www.madsewer.org or call 608.222.1201.