Keep Ohio Waters Clean
You can help keep Ohio's waters clean.
Do not flush medicines (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, patches) or personal care products (PCP's) down the drain or toilet.
Department of Justice National Take-Back Initiative
Visit EPA's Water: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products web page
US FDA – recommends flushing certain unused medicines
Top Ten Things Not to Flush
The Ohio Water Environment Association surveyed Ohio's water quality professionals to determine the "Top Ten Things Not to Flush". Please keep in mind that everything that is flushed or put down a drain has to be cleaned and removed before treated water can be released into Ohio's waters. As one water quality professional wrote "if you didn't eat or drink it, don't put it down the drain".
Prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, illegal drugs, patches, and hypodermic needles
Top Ten Things Not to Flush Flyer
Cleaning rags, nylon stockings, underwear, shop towels, mop heads, dental floss
- Feminine Products
Sanitary pads, tampons, applicators
Plastic bags, plastic cotton swabs, disposable lighters, hotel shampoo bottles
Cleaning products, herbicides, insecticides, solvents
Baby wipes, “disposable/flushable” wipes, personal hygiene wipes, and cleaning wipes
- Cooking Oil/Grease
Fats, oils, cooking grease - used or unused
Condoms and condom wrappers
Paper or cloth, no matter how dirty, please dispose of in trash