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Disposable wipes not flushable

Save Our Sewer! No Trash In The Toilet!

Our sewer system carries wastewater (sewage) to treatment plants where it gets treated. Flushing anything but human waste and toilet paper can cause sewer blockages (chokes) and sewer line breaks causing untreated sewage to overflow in the storm drain system, creeks and waterways. You can help protect our waterways when you do your part to 'save our sewer' by not using your toilet as a trash can.

Wet Wipes Clog Sewer Pipes

Whether used for baby clean ups and nappy changes, cleaning floors, wiping toilet seats or cleaning hands, the super convenient products known as 'wet wipes' are now ubiquitous in our lives. Unfortunately, despite manufacturer's claims, no one has yet produced a wet wipe that completely disintegrates within a few minutes like toilet paper does. This is creating enormous headaches around the world and here in Southern Downs region, for both household and Council's wastewater system - clogging sewer pipes, jamming machinery and thereby causing huge economical loss and environmental harm.

The Tip of Fatberg

  • When wet wipes don't biodegrade and meet up with the solidified household fats that are poured down the kitchen sink, a sewage blockage known as 'fatberg' is created in sewer pipes;
  • Repairs to household plumbing due to fatberg impacts can cost thousands of dollars;
  • Once a fatberg reaches a sewage treatment plants, wet wipes jam up against pumps and damage equipment, causing costly shutdowns for repairs.


  • Let household fats (generated after cooking) cool down and once solidified, dispose of on your general waste bins;
  • Dispose of coffee grinds and food scraps in your garden composting system;
  • Only flush the three P's: Pee, Poo and Paper (Toilet)

SDRC No Trash in Toilet

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