What NOT to put in the sewer system

Some solid waste items that were put into the sewer system, filtered out by a screen at the wastewater treatment plant.

Some solid waste items that were put into the sewer system, filtered out by a screen at the wastewater treatment plant.

“Disposable” does not mean “Flushable”!

Cloth-like material is continuing to be found as the cause of blockages in Whiteland’s sewer system lift station pumps. Several times a month, town employees are responding to lift stations to find stringy cloths blocking the pumps. The material could be anything from shop towels to kitchen and bathroom wipes.

Residents are reminded that if a product claims to be “disposable”, it does not mean it is “flushable”. Product packaging clearly indicates disposal into a trashcan. Also, items claiming to be “biodegradable” do not necessarily break down well enough to be put into a sewer system.

Many materials potentially flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to our sewers, the sewers themselves, as well as the treatment plant, eventually harming the environment.

If it doesn’t dissolve immediately in a bowl, it has no place in the sewer. The exception, of course, is toilet paper.

Grease is a major problem for our system. It will coat the sewer walls and eventually cause a clog and back up. In addition, the treatment plant does not degrade grease very well. Instead, please pour grease into a container, let it solidify, and throw it into the trash.

Toxic materials are not allowed. Anything that contains mercury or PCB’s is prohibited. Paints, pesticides, paint thinners, solvents, explosive mixtures, lubricating oil, and unused medications are not allowed. The county has provided hazardous waste collection dates to enable proper disposal of these items. Unused and expired medications can also be dropped off at Town Hall.

Other common items that should not be flushed into the sewer system:

  • Plastic objects (toys, eating utensils, etc)
  • Glass, metal, wood, or soil
  • Cooking oil, or other edible food oils
  • Rags, condoms, sanitary napkins, diapers, tampons, paper towels, cotton balls and swabs
  • Cigarettes
  • Hair clippings
  • “Flushable” toilet brushes, wipes, and pads
  • Wet mopping cloths

If you have questions on how to properly dispose of household waste, please contact the Whiteland Wastewater Department at 317-535-7627. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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