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What not to flush, or put in the sewer system

Article Published 08/04/2014

Flush your toilet, or drain your sink and where does the waste and water go?
For Layton residents, it goes to the North Davis Sewer District facility, located west of Syracuse.
Some things should never be flushed or sent down the drain because they cause problems.
Please do not use your toilet as a trash can!
According to Myron Bachman, Plant Superintendent of the North Davis Sewer District, the so-called flushable wipes are causing the biggest problem with solid waste disposal for the facility.
Bachman says an entire dumpster a day full of the wipes comes through the sewer system.
They’d rather these wipes be discarded in the trash instead. He said some of the wipes aren’t really flushable.
The North Davis Sewer District has one entire building dedicated to handling such solid waste that ideally should not be in the sewer system to begin with. That building processes 45,000 pounds of solid a day, on average.
-Things that should NEVER be flushed or sent down the drain, according to the North Davis Sewer District, include:
• Paints and Solvents
• Gasoline or Combustible Fuels
• Toxic Chemicals
• Antifreeze
• Medicines and Pharmaceuticals
• Fats, Oils, and Greases
• Baby Wipes
• Needles and Razor Blades
• Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers
• Poisons including Rat/Mice Bait
-Other things that you should avoid sending through the sewer include:
• Large amounts of food waste through the disposal. Fats and oils aren’t just bad for arteries or one’s wasteline – they can clog sewers too. Never send grease, meat fats, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baked goods, sauces and dairy products down the drain, or flush in a toilet – Put them in a trash can instead.
• Substances or objects that could plug a line and cause backups.  Also, do not flush medications down the toilet. For how to properly dispose of drugs, visit:
• For more information on how to properly dispose of household products, please visit: