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What not to flush down the toilet

​What you can flush

You should only flush pee, poo and paper down your toilet. This helps to prevent blockages and drainage system problems.

Don't flush or put down the drain

You shouldn't flush the following items:

  • baby wipes / wet wipes / household wipes
  • sanitary products
  • cooking fat and oils
  • nappies
  • bandages
  • cigarette butts
  • colostomy bags
  • contact lenses
  • condoms
  • cotton wool
  • dental floss
  • dish cloths
  • engine oil
  • food
  • garden chemicals
  • grease
  • household chemicals
  • incontinence pads
  • jay cloths
  • kitchen fat
  • kitchen roll
  • medicines
  • paint
  • plasters
  • razors
  • syringes
  • tights

How to dispose of household wastes safely

Chemicals (household and garden)

A chemicals collection point is located at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Cooking fat/oil

Cooking oil can be poured into a container at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Alternatively, allow the fat/oil to cool and either pour or scrape it into a suitable container and put it in your rubbish bin.

Condoms, incontinence pads, plasters and bandages

Wrap them and put them in your rubbish bin. 

Disposable nappies, liners and wipes

Wrap them and put them in your rubbish bin. 

Use the bins provided in public baby changing facilities.


Return all unused medicines to your local chemist for safe disposal.  Always keep medicines out of the reach of children, even when disposed of.

Razor blades

To avoid injury, wrap well and/or place them in a suitable container before putting in your rubbish bin.

Sanitary towels, tampons and panty liners

Wrap them and put them in a rubbish bin. 

Syringes and needles

Your doctor or chemist can advise you on how to dispose of these safely.

All other waste

Check our Recycling Finder to find out information on other wastes.

Commercial waste

If you have questions about the waste generated from your organisation, see our commercial waste for more information.

Why the pee, poo and paper are important

When you flush or pour something into the drainage system it will be collected at a pumping station before being pumped to the main sewage treatment works at Bellozanne.

The system is designed to pump the 3Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. 

Other materials can cause blockages and problems within the drainage system. This can lead to serious problems including the flooding of your home.

Find out more information about the sewage treatment process.

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