What Not To Flush

Don't Rush, Think Before You Flush newsletter

Clogged pipes; odours or a backed up sewer or septic tank.   Those are just a few of the problems you could face around your home or business if you allow the wrong liquid or solid waste to flow down your drains or flush down your toilets.

These items should be kept out of sinks, drains and toilets

Food waste

Fats, grease and oils (deep fryer oil, vegetable oil, cooking oil)

•Lard, butter, salad dressing, marinade for meats

•Vegetables, meat, pasta, bread, and other food waste items

The Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you there’s a place for you to get rid of all that leftover household cooking oil and congealed grease-- at either the Westside Residential Disposal and Recycling Center in West Kelowna, or at the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna. The grease collection program is a partnership with McLeod’s Byproduct’s of Armstrong.

If you have large volumes of cooking oil, you can pour it into the receptacles provided at either location. If you have congealed grease, it’s recommended you put it in a metal can or container and drop the whole metal container into the recycling receptacle provided. As a reminder, please do not place anything other than cooking oil and kitchen grease into the recycling containers provided, no petroleum oil such as motor oil, food items, plastic containers, or garbage. 

You may also dispose of cooking oils and grease by placing the container into the trash once the container is cooled.

Leftover grease and oil should be removed from pans before washing them. Save water and soap by using a napkin to wipe them clean.

Bathroom items

Diapers, wet wipes, rags, bandages

•Dental floss, cotton swabs, condoms, cosmetics

•Personal hygiene products (tampons, applicators, sanitary napkins)

•Pills and medicine should be returned to your pharmacist for disposal.

Unlike toilet paper, wipes don’t easily break down when flushed, even the ones labelled “flushable”. Once flushed, they can wreak havoc by causing sewage overflows into homes and businesses and the environment. Metro Vancouver created several informational videos to highlight why you should put wipes in the garbage, not the toilet.

Household items

Cigarette butts, paper towels

•Children toys

Hazardous waste

Bleach and ammonia

•Clean solvents and spot removers


•Hot tub and swimming pool chemicals

•Oven cleaners

•Septic tank cleaners

•Alkyd, latex and oil-based paints

•Lacquers, stains and varnishes

•Paint thinners, strippers and solvents

•Petroleum-based products such as motor oil and gasoline

You can drop off household hazardous waste year-round for free at Kelowna Recycling/Battery Doctors on Windsor Road in Kelowna our household hazardous waste drop-off location. View a full list of accepted hazardous items and quantities.  Or rather than purchase household hazardous waste items, consider some of these alternatives!

Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
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