THROW IT AWAY

None of these things break down in the sewer pipes of your home or on the way to the wastewater treatment plant. So what happens when you flush them down the toilet or drain? Since they don't break down, they can tangle and clump together, forming clogs that cause sewage to back up into your home or neighborhood. Even items labeled "flushable" can clog sewer pipes. Defend Your Drains by disposing of these products in the trash (where they belong) before they cause unpleasant and expensive problems.

Just because it says flushable,

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doesn't mean it really is.

DISPOSE RESPONSIBLY

These things should not go down any drain because they can be either hazardous to water quality or turned into something beneficial. Defend Your Drains by disposing of these products as described to prevent plumbing problems and to protect the quality of our lakes, rivers and streams.

PREVENT PLUMBING PROBLEMS.

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PROTECT THE QUALITY OF OUR WATER.