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 and feminine hygiene products should not be flushed, but often are, causing problems for utilities that amount to billions of dollars in maintenance and repair costs—costs which ultimately pass on to the consumer. Other consumer products contain ingredients, such as plastic microbeads and triclosan, which may harm water quality and the environment. Fats, oils and greases (FOG) in particular, as well as unused pharmaceuticals, should also be kept out of the sewer system.
NACWA is working collaboratively with other groups to find common ground and safe solutions for both utilities and the environment. The Association is advocating for the elimination of harmful products and ingredients whenever possible, and for public education about safe and proper disposal practices. Toilets Are Not Trashcans stickers and electronic images are now available!
The NACWA Toilets Are Not Trashcans logo (as seen above) and removable stickers may be used free of charge on any consumer education materials. To download the logo, get a free sample of the stickers, or to order larger quantities of the stickers, please contact Bredy Trombino, NACWA’s Program Administrator.
If you would like more information about the Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign, please contact Cynthia Finley, NACWA’s Director, Regulatory Affairs.
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