Many products don’t belong in your drains (meaning your kitchen drain, toilet drain, bathtub drain, or any other household drain). Defend your drains, defend your pipes, and defend your environment by using proper disposal methods.

These items can clog pipes and cause blockages even if labeled “flushable.” Throw them in the trash to prevent expensive plumbing repairs.

TRASH IT

These products can damage your pipes and negatively impact the quality of our lakes, rivers and streams. Visit Defend Your Drains North Texas.com to learn how to responsibly dispose of them.

DISPOSE RESPONSIBLY

WIPES

Wipes don’t break down when flushed down the toilet.

FATS, OILS, & GREASE

Your drains don’t love bacon as much as you do. Recycle used cooking oil at a drop-off location.

PAPER TOWELS

Paper towels are designed to be absorbent and strong and to not break down in water, so they will clog your plumbing.

MEDICINES

The best medicine for your drains is no medicine. Return extra and expired medicines at take-back events.

FEMININE HYGIENE

Pads and tampons are very absorbent and don’t break down like toilet paper. They commonly cause plumbing issues.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Household cleaning products may clean your home but large amounts can be dangerous going down the drain. Take leftover products to the hazardous waste collection center.

PERSONAL CARE

Everyday personal care products like cotton swabs and dental floss tangle up in your drains and can clog your plumbing.

PAINT & PESTICIDES

Leftover paint and pesticides are considered hazardous waste and should be carefully taken to a hazardous waste collection center.

DISPOSE IT THE RIGHT WAY

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 protect the quality of our lakes, rivers and streams, and to prevent plumbing problems.

Find Take-Back Locations

Looking for a place to responsibly dispose of medicines, paint and pesticides, cleaning products, or cooking oil? Follow this link and use the locator map’s dropdown menu  on the page to select the product type and find your closest location.

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