Prevent problems in your pipes

Don’t put food, grease, oils, or chemicals down your drains or toilets

To keep food and grease from going down the drain, place a strainer in your sink to catch food scraps and other solids. Use newspaper or paper towel to wipe pots, pans and plates before you wash them. Put the used paper in your green cart with your food waste.

Please take liquid oils Guelph’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

What if the label says “flushable”?

The only things you should flush are pee, poo, and toilet paper. So-called flushable products may make it down the toilet, then cause big problems in Guelph’s sewer system.

Please don’t flush

  • Bandages
  • Condoms
  • Dental floss
  • Facial or baby wipes
  • Facial tissues
  • Hair
  • Medical waste or medication
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Tampons or applicators
  • Q-tips or cotton balls

Why it’s important

Chemicals, paints, motor oils, and other pollutants can cause fires or explosions that can hurt people, damage buildings and destroy underground pipes.

Food and grease can clog our sewers sending wastewater back up through sinks, floor drains and toilets.

Backups and blowouts can create health hazards, damage properties, and harm nature and wildlife.

Cleanup and repairs are unpleasant and expensive, and the property owner is usually responsible for covering the costs.

People and organizations can be fined up to $100,000 for improper disposal or spills of hazardous waste.

Other tips

Add water to the sink and floor drain at least twice a year to prevent sewer gases from entering your home.

Check your plumbing vents in the spring and fall and remove any blockages.

Contact us or report a spill

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