This is a serious pollution problem and has a significant impact on aquatic life. (Our waterways have enough trouble dealing with medications (prescription and other) that our bodies excrete without having leftover doses washed down the drain as well.)
Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications (including veterinary), vitamins and other supplements: Keep them in their package and drop them at your nearest pharmacy when you get the chance.
- Band-Aids and other bandages, cotton balls and swabs, facial tissue, dental floss: all go in the trash.
- Human or animal hair; tea bags, coffee grounds, filters, paper towel. These can all go in the compost.
- Fats, Oils & Grease from meat and dairy products, sauces, butter/margarine, cooking oil/grease, shortening/lard, food scraps. These can all go in the compost.
- Cigarettes, cigars, butts, kitty litter: These go in the trash.
- Feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, condoms : All go in the trash.
- Houseplant leaves and clippings, silt, sand or mud: All go in the compost.
Dispose of the following at your local Household Hazardous Waste depot:
- Personal Care Products (unused perfume, nail polish remover, etc.)
- Unused pesticides & garden products
- Vehicle products (ex. unused antifreeze coolant, motor oils)
- Unused household cleaning products