Winter 2014
THE TOP TEN ITEMS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILETdnf
  • Disposable diapers of any kind, including those brands marketed as flushable.
  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, or other similar products.
  • Dental floss.
  • Hair cleaned from combs and brushes.
  • Personal care products such as cotton swabs or balls, plastics, or latex.
  • Feminine hygiene products including the cardboard and/or plastic applicators.
  • Toilet paper tubes or wrappers.
  • Paper towels.
  • Cloth diapers, underwear, rags, towels, sheets, or clothing of any kind.
  • Cigarette butts.

Other Items that Should Never Be Flushed (or poured down any drain):
  • Cooking oils and grease
  • Paint, stains, or wood preservatives of any kind
  • Motor oil, antifreeze, or solvents of any kind
  • Pesticides, herbicides, weed killers, or chemicals of any kind
  • Medications of any kind*
  • Disposable lighters
  • Needles (sharps), razor blades, or pins
  • Fish, turtles, lizards, or other pets (dead or alive)

The Edmonds Sewer Utility would highly prefer that people never flush any of the items that are listed above. Just because a product is labeled “Flushable” on its packaging, or because you can physically make it pass through your toilet, does not mean that it will not cause problems downstream.

The listed items do not dissolve in contact with water and can cause blockages in your sewer lines or in the sewer main lines. If these items manage to reach the City’s Wastewater treatment plant, they have to be removed by mechanical screening. Many of these items make it past the screens and routinely clog pump stations and treatment plant pumps.

*A reminder that expired or unwanted medications should not be flushed down sinks or toilets. There are opportunities for free drop-off of medications since they should not be tossed into the garbage also. The local drop-off locations are:
  • Group Health Lynnwood, 20200 54th Ave. W, Lynnwood
  • All Bartell Drugs outlets
  • Edmonds Police Department, 250 5th Ave. N, Edmonds

RTEmagicC Safe Drug Drop Off 01.pngLook for the collection bin (or ask the pharmacist) for free drop-off of:
  • Prescription medicine
  • Over-the-counter medicine
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Inhalers
  • Liquid medicine in glass or leak-proof containers

Any questions on recycling or proper disposal, please call the City’s Recycling Coordinator at 425-771-0235.


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