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Our sewerage treatment centres are designed to deal with human waste, toilet paper and used water only.

Our pipes are not as wide as you may think and something as small as a cotton bud could reduce the efficiency of the system and cause serious blockages, which could result in flooding in your neighbourhood.

Flooding from sewers can pollute local nearby lakes, rivers and oceans, and can kill the wildlife that inhabit them.

There are many simple changes you can make to avoid blockages and flooding, in your home and at work. If everyone recycles where possible, and disposes of waste in bins, we can all help to keep our sewers clear.

Preventing blockage in your pipes is easy - take a second to think before you dispose of your household items.

What you can do, in the kitchen!

Bin it, don't rinse it!

Disposing of your waste

Used water is the only thing that should go down the drain!

  • Use a sink strainer to capture any leftover food from going down the plug hole.
  • Scrape your plates of leftover food before putting in the sink or dishwasher.
  • Don't rinse your plates as food will go down the drain.
  • Don't pour oil, fat or grease down the drain. One of the worst offenders is cooking fats. It may be a liquid when you pour it down the sink, but it solidifies once it cools, and over time, the build-up of fat will completely block the pipe.

To dispose of grease and fats:

  • Let the grease cool and harden.
  • Scrape it into packaging or old newspaper.
  • Put it in your bin or mix it with seeds to feed the birds in your garden.

To dispose of cooking oils:

  • Allow the oil to cool down.
  • Pour it into a used container or tin and put it in your bin.

What you can do, in the bathroom!

Bin it, don't flush it!

Used water, human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be put down the loo.

  • Put a bin next to your loo to encourage items to be thrown away and not flushed.
  • Bin all items which are not toilet paper and human waste.

Please don't flush these items:

  • Baby wipes
  • Bandages
  • Cigarette butts
  • Colostomy bags
  • Condoms
  • Contact lenses
  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton wool
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable nappies
  • Elastic bands
  • Incontinence pads
  • Medicines
  • Plasters
  • Razor blades
  • Sanitary items
  • Syringes and needles
  • Tights
  • Toilet roll holders
  • Toothbrushes

Please do not pour these items:

  • Gardening chemicals
  • Grease and cooking fats
  • Household chemicals
  • Old engine oil
  • Paint