Don’t flush that; It doesn’t go away!

Only three things should go down your toilet … pee, poo and toilet paper – the 3P’s.  Anything else can clog or damage the pipes in your home, business or municipal sanitary sewer system. 

Here’s how to avoid the problem.  Do not flush any of the following down your toilet; put them in the garbage can instead.

  • Wipes (all types)
  • Tampons and sanitary supplies
  • Condoms
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Hair


In addition, don’t flush old medicine down the toilet.  They can cause harm to the environment and aquatic wildlife.  Most pharmacies will accept these expired products and dispose of them properly for you.

Sink Drains

Warm fats, oils and grease (FOG) poured down the drain will stick to the inside of sewer pipes as they harden.  Over time, the grease will build up and can block the entire pipe – both on your property and on the City property.

What can you do to help?  Let the grease cool and harden, then scrape or wipe it, along with any food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, grills, and cooking surfaces, into your garbage can.

By law, a number of commercial operations, including food service establishments, must have grease traps installed to prevent grease from getting into the sewer system.

Household Hazardous Waste

Don’t forget, the following household hazardous wastes should never be flushed down the toilet or put down the drain.

  • Car and garage products (i.e., antifreeze, motor oil, window washer fluid)
  • Household cleaning products (i.e., cleaners, bleach, disinfectants)
  • Paints (including any solvent, remover or glue)
  • Personal care products (i.e. nail polish remover, perfumes, aftershave)
  • Pesticides and garden products

They can cause harm to the environment and aquatic wildlife.  Return them instead to Fredericton Region Solid Waste: 506-453-9930 or

About Fredericton’s Water & Sewer Utility

As per provincial legislation, Fredericton’s water and sewer utility is self-funded, deriving all its revenue from rates charged and government infrastructure grants. It is separate from the City of Fredericton’s general fund budget and property tax system.

The utility provides water and sewer services to well over 95% of households and businesses within Fredericton, carrying out various maintenance and renewal efforts to keep the system operating smoothly. The utility is currently focused on replacing aging pipes within the system.