NACWA's Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign is focused on protecting the pipes, pumps, plants, and personnel of wastewater utilities across the nation by reducing the materials that are inappropriately flushed or drained into the sewer system. Products such as wipes, paper towels, feminine hygiene products should not be flushed but often are, causing expensive problems for utilities. Other consumer products contain ingredients, such as plastic microbeads and triclosan, may harm water quality and the environment. FOG (fats, oils, and greases) and unused pharmaceuticals should also be kept out of the sewer system.
NACWA is working collaboratively with other associations and groups to find common ground and safe solutions for both utilities and the environment. The Association is advocating for elimination of harmful products and ingredients when possible and education of the public about proper disposal practices. In addition, the Association is working with its members and other partners to create and support programs that continue to bring this vital issue to the forefront.
Utilities across the country are looking to educate their ratepayers on the appropriate disposal of these products and the NACWA Toilets Are Not Trashcans logo seen above may be used free of charge on any consumer education materials. Please contact Bredy Trombino to download this logo. If you would like more information about the Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign, please contact Cynthia Finley.