What not to flush
Please Think Before You Flush
The water you flush down your toilet and the water which goes down your drains travels through wastewater pipes and lift stations throughout the City. The City is responsible for maintaining pipes up to your property line, should you have a blockage. From the property line to the home/business, it is the responsibility of the home or business owner.
No Wipes in the Pipes!
Our sewer system is designed to handle toilet paper, poop, pee, and water. That’s it.
Pipes, pumps, and lift stations become clogged and/or broken by other items being flushed down the toilet. When these clogs or breaks happen, they can cause sewer service interruptions and even sewage spills. To ensure we don’t have these problems in Hallandale Beach, please never flush these items down your toilet:
- wipes of any kind ("flushable", baby, makeup, sanitizing, etc.)
- paper towels
- diapers (adult or baby)
- feminine hygiene products
- cotton swabs
- dental floss
Some products that say they are "flushable", like wipes and tampons, make it down your toilet, but they likely won’t make it through the sewer. There are currently no regulations to specify which products can be labeled "flushable." For now, please place these wipes in the trash.
Don’t Drug our Sewer
Whether simply unused or expired, unwanted medication can cause serious health problems to humans and animals if they fall into the wrong hands (or paws). Medication that is flushed down the toilet can impact the health of fish, amphibians, and other wildlife. Most medicines are not completely removed by the wastewater treatment process. You have the power to protect your family and community’s health by both getting rid of excess medications and also not flushing those medications.
Wondering how you get rid of old, unused medications if you can’t flush them? Here are some options:
- Bring the medication to the Walgreens (1300 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd) or CVS (2102 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd) in town. Both pharmacies will handle the disposal of old or unused medications.
- Go to a Broward Sheriff’s Office "Operation Medicine Cabinet" event. Many events happen each year. See this year’s dates here.
- Participate in the Hallandale Beach Police Department’s annual DEA Drug Takeback event. Find the date for this year here.
Cut the Grease
Fats, oils, and grease have been causing sewer clogs for decades. Recent studies have shown that most of the grease that is causing damage to the wastewater system comes from single-family, apartment, and condo residents. When poured down sink drains, fats, oils, and grease buildup, preventing the flow of water and eventually blocking pipes completely. Be sure to get rid of fats, oils, and grease the right way.
After you are done cooking, pour the grease into a metal or glass container and let it cool. Then, toss the container into a garbage bin. Do not pour it down the sink, flush it down the toilet, or try to recycle the grease-filled can/jar.
What can I do to help?
Help us avoid daily clogs in our sewer system by following the best practices below. If you don’t all of these items will accumulate together and cause clogs, breaks, and spills in our sewer system.:
- Only flush toilet paper, poop, and pee;
- Never flush other items down the toilet, including medications;
- Pour out any fats, oils, and grease into containers before washing dishes; and
- Limit the use of your garbage disposal to dispose of food. Instead, throw food scraps in the garbage or start a home composting system.