Flush Wisely

As we all adapt to social distancing, working from home and self-quarantining, the perception of hoarding and scarcity of toilet paper prompts us to remind everyone of what is and is NOT flushable.

The only thing flushable besides bodily discharge is toilet paper. Toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in water. Any other paper-type product remains intact and collects in the waste piping and will eventually cause a sewer back-up. Even if something is marked flushable, it is not. When in doubt … don’t flush it. Use the trash can.

Toilet paper The only thing flushable besides bodily discharge is toilet paper

Do NOT flush any of the following items:

  • Facial tissue
  • Baby wipes and diapers
  • Rags and towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Syringes
  • Candy and other food wrappers
  • Clothing labels
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Toys
  • Plastic items of any kind
  • Aquarium gravel or kitty litter
  • Rubber items such as latex gloves
  • Cigarette butts
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Hair
  • Underwear
  • Disposable toilet brushes

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation as we all work to keep Lincoln safe and healthy!

"Don't Flush These Items" Poster

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More Information

Water Environment Federation (WEF) Links:
Flush Wisely
Public FAQs