What Not to Flush

Our sewers are designed to dispose of very specific things. Using your toilet for disposal of other products can result in blockages. The drains that connect your home to the main sewer are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste. Sewer pipes are often no larger than 4 inches in diameter.

Our wastewater flows through various pipes and pump stations before reaching the Annapolis Reclamation Facility.  This facility is jointly owned by the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.  However, this facility is operated by Anne Arundel County.   Anne Arundel County put together a video that describes the impact these products have on the system.

Just because the package says flushable doesn’t mean it’s true. Many items marketed as disposable and/or flushable do not degrade like toilet paper, and they wind up clogging pipes, tangling pumps and causing messy sewer backups into streets, businesses and home.

A cartoon toilet paper roll reminding not to flush wipes, diapers, fats and oils and more.

Only Flush

The three P's.
  • Pee
  • Poop
  • Toilet Paper

Don't Flush

  • Baby Wipes, Disinfectant Wipes, Moist Wipes whether it says "flushable" or not
  • Diapers
  • Rags
  • Facial tissue
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet bowl Scrub pads
  • Cleaning cloths of any kind
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms
  • Fats, oils, and grease
  • Hair
  • Dental floss