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Public Service Announcement

Don't flush wipes into the pipes!

WHITBY, ON October 22, 2014

The Region of Durham Works Department would like to advise residents that bathroom wipes, which are marketed as an alternative to toilet paper and advertised as flushable, should be disposed of in the garbage, rather than being flushed down the toilet.

Other items that should be placed in the garbage only include baby wipes, mopping wipes and sanitizing cleaning wipes.


Effective immediately.


Across Durham Region.


The Region’s sanitary sewer system is not designed to dispose of anything beyond human waste, toilet paper and wastewater. Disposable wipes do not break down the way toilet paper does and can clump together, causing costly blockages and backups in the Region’s sewer system possibly flooding sewage into homes and businesses as well.


To learn more about the problem of wipes in the sewer system, please check the website For more information about proper waste disposal, visit

To view Durham’s Sewer Use By-law No. 55-2013, which outlines specific practices for the use of sanitary and storm sewers, please visit

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.