Don’t Rush to Flush
In the bathroom
There is no substitute for toilet paper! Don’t be tempted to flush alternatives such as wet wipes, tissues, paper towels or rags. These items simply don’t break down easily and may block your sewerage pipes, which could result in a costly plumbing bill. If you do need to use an alternative to toilet paper such as tissues or wet wipes, wrap them in plastic and place them in the bin.
Sewage overflows can be extremely damaging to your property and are expensive to repair. Residents are responsible for the costs of any blockages on their property. If you dispose of things the right way, you’ll reduce the risk of damaging your sewerage pipes, Council’s sewerage network and the environment, as it could impact our waterways. Council spends around $140,000 every year clearing blocked pipes in the sewerage network.
Remember only toilet paper, pee and poo should go down the loo!
In the kitchen
Collect solid food waste, coffee grinds and tea leaves and put them in the garbage bin or compost.
Place cooking oil, grease or fat in a sealed container and put it in the bin. After cooking, wipe the frying pan with a paper towel and place it in the bin. Never pour any of these items down the sink.
In the garden
Put weed killers, fuels and engine oils in a plastic container and take them to one of our local waste disposal facilities. For information on household chemical drop off days, please see Paint and chemical disposal.
Chemicals that are sprayed or tipped on the ground can be absorbed by household pipes and can affect drinking water.
In the garage and laundry
Chemicals, paint and cleaning products can corrode the pipes on your property and in our network. This can lead to expensive repair bills.
Place unused chemicals, paint and cleaning products in a plastic container and take them to one of our local waste disposal facilities. For information on household chemical drop off days, please see Paint and chemical disposal.
Our Betty Wipe video looks at the problems that wet wipes can cause.
Wet wipes, flushable wipes, baby wipes and makeup wipes may flush down your toilet easily, but they don’t break down like toilet paper. They can block pipes and create costly plumbing problems for residents. We spend around $140,000 every year clearing blocked pipes in the sewerage network. Residents are responsible for the costs of any blockages on their property.
Our Ben Spiller video focuses on the correct way to dispose of fuel and oil. It shows you how the incorrect disposal of fuel and oil could contaminate our drinking water.
You can find out how to dispose of hazardous chemicals through our waste disposal services. For more information, please download the How to avoid chemical contamination of your water supply factsheet (PDF 127 KB).
We have posters and a colouring in sheet available to download to help share information about the correct disposal of waste.
- Don't Rush to Flush poster (PDF 660 KB)
- Colouring in sheet (PDF 321 KB)
- Finger Puppets (PDF 150 KB)
- 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)
For more details, please read through the information below or download our Don't Rush to Flush Guide (PDF 44 KB).