Single-use wet wipes have gained popularity in recent years. Many of these products are marketed as flushable, but often times are not compatible with sewer systems and infrastructure. Other products are not intended to be flushed but end up being improperly disposed of in the toilet. Flushing these products presents an increasing problem for property owners, sewer systems, and ratepayers, since wipes often do not break down after being flushed. Wipes can catch on tree roots and accumulate with fats, oils and grease and become large obstructions in the pipes. Further down the line, they weave together and create giant rags which get stuck in pumps, collection systems, and motors, causing backups and equipment failures. This problem is experienced across the state, country, and worldwide as disposable wet wipe products become more widely available.
For more information please visit California Association of Sanitation Agencies
This is just a reminder to only flush the 3 P's: Pee, Poop and Paper.
During the Holiday Season please drain all turkey fat, and all oils into a can to cool and throw the can into your trash. Protecting the ocean and mitigating sewage spill risk requires all of us to do our part in discarding fats, oils, and grease properly.
List of items NOT to flush down your toilet:
- Dental Floss
- Cotton swabs
- Aquarium gravel or Kitty litter
- Rubber items such as latex gloves
- Cigarette butts
- Sanitary napkins / tampons
- Disposable toilet brushes
- Paper towels
- Medication or prescription drugs
List of items NOT to put down your Kitchen sink:
- Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG)
- Stickers from fruit and veggies
Never pour these down the drain:
- Bug spray
- House cleaning products
- Fertilizer, fungicides & herbicides
- Rat Poison
- Weed killer
- Antifreeze, motor oil & brake fluid
- Gasoline & kerosene
- Oil based paint & cleaners
- Lighter fluid
- Swimming pool chemicals
City of Carlsbad Turkey Fryer Oil Disposal Information:
Please follow the steps below on how to discard cooking oil properly:
- Allow the oil to cool down post-meal
- Drain the oil to remove food particles
- Pour the oil into an unbreakable, sealable container
- Drop the sealed container into the trash can
Note: Avoid pouring any cooking grease down your sinks or in your compost, it can coat and eventually block up your pipes and attract rodents, reduce airflow and slow down composting.
Click here for Waste Management Information: Waste Management
City of Encinitas Turkey Fryer Oil Buyback Center Information:
Residents are asked to simply collect used discarded FOG in a leak-proof container and drop it off free of charge at one of EDCO’s conveniently located Buyback Centers. The FOG will then ultimately be processed, filtered and converted into bio-diesel by a third party processor.
It is important that participants do not mix FOG with any other oils, such as motor oil or gear oil, that inhibit the process of converting the FOG into biodiesel.
Click here for EDCO Information: EDCO
For more information check out the What 2 Flush website.