Do Not Put Down The Drain

When you turn on your faucet, typically the water goes down the drain, and you never see it again, unless you have a clog. What we put down our drains and toilets can negatively impact our environment and put our health at risk. Even items labeled "flushable" can clog pipes, tangle pumps and result in messy and costly sewer backups.

We recommend disposal of chemicals and paints to Dane County Clean Sweep located at 7102 US Hwy 12, Madison, WI 53718

Fats, Oils Grease: Grease hardens when it cools which is a problem for not only City sewer mains.  It is also a problem for homeowner’s sewer laterals or pipes.  Let the cooking oil/grease harden and dispose in the trash. 

Please review the list of things that should not go down your drain (kitchen sink or toilet):

  • Kitty litter
  • Gas
  • Kerosene
  • Diesel
  • Paint thinner or any other flammable products
  • Solvents
  • Diapers
  • Syringes
  • Rope, string, twine
  • Rags
  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes
  • Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads
  • Swiffer products
  • Napkins (paper or cloth)
  • Paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Wash cloths, towels, rags, underwear or any cloth item
  • Band-Aids or dressings
  • Plastic bags or wrappers
  • Cat feces or bagged dog feces
  • Fish gravel
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Grease, fat and oils
  • Produce stickers
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper towels
  • Condoms
  • Household fluids
  • Medication
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paint (latex, acrylic, oil-based, shellac-based)
  • Bones
  • Fibrous foods like celery, corn husks, asparagus
  • Flour
  • Raw meat and trimmings
  • Potato peels
  • Pits
  • Seeds
  • Kernels
  • Any part of a pumpkin
  • Pasta
  • Rice
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