Don't Rush To Flush
Incorrect disposal of waste can negatively impact your health and your hip pocket.
Logan City Council has produced a three-part video series entitled Don’t Rush to Flush designed to educate residents on the correct way to dispose of waste.
The series explores common misconceptions about what can and can’t be flushed down the toilet, tipped down the sink or poured onto the lawn.
The reality is that when toxic and non-biodegradable waste items are flushed down the drain, they can result in sewage overflows and broken or exploding pipes. Chemicals, fuel and oil emptied on the ground can contaminate drinking water.
The third video in our three part series is focusing on the correct way to dispose of fuel and oil. Did you know that incorrect disposal of fuel and oil can lead to contaminated drinking water? To find out the correct way to dispose of these items view our latest video. For further information please see Council's waste disposal services page and How to avoid chemical contamination of your water supply (PDF 127 KB) fact sheet.
The second video in our three part series is out now so take a look to find out what can be safely flushed down the sink. Find out how to dispose of hazardous chemicals through Council's waste disposal services.
The first instalment of our three-part video series looks at the issue surrounding wet wipes and blocked pipes.
Residents are frequently faced with costly plumbing bills while Council spends an average of $140,000 every year in sewerage maintenance clearing blockages.
View posters and flyers as well as invite people in your home or work area to learn about the correct disposal of waste.
- If it's toilet tissue, there's no issue (PDF 449 KB)
- If it's H20, you're good to go (PDF 288 KB)
- Don't be a fool when disposing fuel (PDF 462 KB)
- Don't Rush to Flush Poster (PDF 1142 KB)
Disposing unwanted items down toilets, sinks and wastewater pipes can result in homeowners incurring expensive plumbing bills to unblock wastewater pipes on the property. Municipal sewerage systems are primarily designed to collect and treat biodegradable sewage from domestic premises.
Correct disposal methods reduce unnecessary damage to Council’s wastewater network and the environment. For more information, please download the don't rush to flush (PDF 44 KB) guide which will provide the correct disposal methods for unwanted sewerage items.
Ensuring correct disposal of these items leads to:
- Safeguarding community and employee health and safety;
- Protection of Council's wastewater network assets; and
- Biodiversity protection of receiving environments.
In the bathroom
Only flush toilet paper, pee and poo.
Wet wipes, paper towels, sanitary items, nappies, razors, rags, unused cotton buds are all prohibited. Wrap and place in the garbage bin for collection and return unused medicines to your local pharmacy.
In the kitchen
Collect solid food waste, coffee grinds, tea leaves and place in the garbage bin for collection. Alternatively, food waste can be placed in compost bins.
Cooking oil/grease or fat can be contained and sealed and placed in the garbage bin for collection.
In the garden
Weed killers, fuels and engine oils are to be placed in a plastic container and taken to a local Council landfill or transfer station.
Petroleum-based hydrocarbons sprayed or spilled on the ground are absorbed by household plastic pipes affecting the drinking water. Sewer overflows containing hydrocarbons end up in creek's and natural waterways impacting the environment.
In the garage/laundry
Chemicals, paint and cleaning products can damage the homeowners pipes and Council's infrastructure by causing corrosion, which the homeowner may incur costs for repairs to the property.
These items can be placed in a plastic container and taken to a local Council landfill or transfer station.