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The Unflushables


The Unflushables  

What Can’t Be Flushed and WhyWhat can’t be flushed and why

Flushing these items down the toilet ca​uses problems for our wastewater system and our environment.​​​

Wipes, paper towels, hair, floss, tampons and applicators, condoms in garbage 


These products don’t break down quickly enough in the wastewater system (or at all) and can end up clogging our sewers and your pipes. Even if they say they’re flushable, these products go in the garbage.

It costs Metro Vancouver and its members $2.5 million every year to de-clog pump stations, replace damaged equipment and deal with clogged sewers.​

What if the label says ‘f​lushable’?

Products that say they’re flushable – like tampons and wipes – may make it down your toilet, but they might not make it through the sewer. There are currently no regulations to specify which products can be labelled “flushable”. Cities around the world are developing standards to more accurately label whether or not products are truly flushable. For now, put them in the trash (including wipes labelled “compostable” or “biodegradable”).

How to dispose of expired medications

Medications are not fully removed in the wastewater treatment process and some chemicals may end up in our environment. Keep these pollutants out of our waterways: dispose of expired medications by taking them back to a local pharmacy. ​​​

Find a pharmacy near you.​​ ​​

Medications take back to pharmacy.  

What can be flushed?

The only things that are okay to flush down the toilet are toilet paper, poo and pee.

Medications take back to pharmacy.  

Still need c​​onvincing?

Watch these videos to flush out any remaining doubts.



Don’t Believe the Wipe – CampaignDon’t Believe the Wipe – Campaign927795722
Wipes vs Toilet Paper - CampaignWipes vs Toilet Paper - Campaign217221335
Unflushables - The Full StoryUnflushables - The Full Story218215845
Don’t Flush Us says Hairball - Unflushables - CampaignDon’t Flush Us says Hairball - Unflushables - Campaign321369840
Disposable Wipes - CampaignDisposable Wipes - Campaign217221344
"Flushable" Wipes Block Condo Pipes - Campaign"Flushable" Wipes Block Condo Pipes - Campaign237135832
Don’t Flush Us says Wipe - Unflushables - CampaignDon’t Flush Us says Wipe - Unflushables - Campaign320036446


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