Just because something can go down the toilet does not mean it is flushable.
So read on for what not to flush down the toilet.
Things you should not flush down the toilet
Paper Towels and Napkins
Whilst paper towels are made of paper that will eventually dissolve in
water, this paper is made from high-quality wood pulp, designed for
durability, absorbency and strength.
An alternative option would be to dispose of this waste in your compost heap or rubbish bin.
Facial tissues have been treated with a chemical binder that takes time to
release and break down when flushed.
An alternative option would be to dispose of this waste in your compost heap or the rubbish bin.
Regular paper does not break down quickly, however, it will quickly form a
clump if flushed. It will eventually dissolve but not before it reaches the
An alternative option would be to dispose of this waste in your compost
heap, paper & cardboard recycling bin or rubbish bin.
Like other paper products, it is not designed to flush down a toilet.
An alternative option would be to dispose of this waste in your compost heap or paper & cardboard recycling bin.
Wipes (even if they say flushable)
Often wipes contain rayon or viscose which cannot be broken down like toilet paper. Pumps at treatment plants break down because they become clogged up with wipes that are unable to be broken down. They are removed and taken to the dump.
An alternative option would definitely be the rubbish bin.
Blockages usually happen within the toilet trap – the S-shaped or P-shaped bend is located below your toilet bowl. Products can also get stuck further down from the main toilet stack, resulting in a blocked drain forming inside the actual drainage pipe.
If the toilet is draining sluggishly when flushed, or not clearing at all,
the drain is probably blocked.
If in doubt, throw it out to recycling – not the toilet!!