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Paper in ToiletThe list is long, and keeps growing, with all of the items that should NEVER be flushed down the toilet. Just remember this rhyme whenever you wonder, "Should I flush it?"

"When it comes to your toilet:
Remember 3 Ps – Poop, Paper and Pee – Give it to Me!"

Help us keep wastewater treatment costs down, keep your sewer lines from your home clear, and protect the environment by remembering that your toilet is an "only-human-waste-and-toilet-paper-zone."

Please do not flush any of the following items down the toilet. Instead, learn how to dispose of them properly:

 

 

To Flush, or Not to Flush?

Item

Green Bin

Blue Bin

Black Bin

Alternatives

Antibacterial soaps
(containing Triclosan)

   

X

Look for and use a less-toxic soaps and detergents that do not contain Triclosan.

Band-aids and bandages

 

X

Place paper wrapper in Green bin and bandage in Black bin.

Condoms

   

X

 

Cotton balls

X

     

Cotton swabs

X

 

X

If it has a plastic stick, place it in the Black bin. For all other types, place it in the Green bin.

Dental floss

   

X

 

Diapers- regular

   

X

 

Diapers- cloth

   

X

Wash and reuse them or use a cloth diaper service.

Diapers- disposable/compostable

   

X

Use a compostable diaper service.

Disposable razors

   

X

 

Feminine products- pads

   

X

 

Feminine products- panty liners

   

X

 

Feminine products- tampons

   

X

 

Hair

X

     

Kitty Litter

 

X

Use plant-based litter, made of wheat, pine or paper.

Make-up pads

X

 

X

Place cotton in the Green bin; otherwise, place it in the Black bin.

Medication- over-the-counter

     

Visit: www.baywise.org for drop-off locations.

Medication- prescription

     

Visit: www.baywise.org for drop-off locations.

Paper napkins

X

     

Paper towels

X

     

Q-tips

X

 

X

Place paper/wood types in the Green bin. Place plastic in the Black bin.

Rags

   

X

Reuse whenever possible.

Razor blades

   

X

 

Teeth whitening strips

   

X

 

Empty toilet bowl cleaner liquid (traditional) containers

 

X

 

Use a non-toxic toilet bowl cleaner. There are many products out on the market.

Toothbrushes

   

X

 

Toothpicks

X

 

X

Place wooden toothpicks in the Green bin. Place plastic toothpicks in the Black bin.

Wipes –
Baby, Cleaning, and/or Makeup

   

X

Consider using washable cloth towels whenever possible, or look for compostable wipes and place used ones in the Green bin.

 

Please support our efforts and help to protect the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean from water pollution.

Remember 3 Ps - Poop, Paper and Pee - Give it to Me!

For any hazardous waste and/or toxic products or materials, please do not flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. Please visit: www.sfenvironment.org for proper disposal information. Additional information can be found at Recology.

Last updated: 8/26/2014 2:26:08 PM