Sewer Friendly Practices

  • Don't use your toilet as if it were a trash can. Personal wipes (even "flushable" ones), baby wipes, cat litter, diapers, dental floss, Q-tips, feminine hygiene products, tissues, plastic items, etc all belong in the trash and not down the toilet or sink.
  • Store kitchen grease in a container, let it harden, then dispose of it in the trash
  • The garbage disposal is not a substitute for trash or compost. Use your disposal sparingly. Food scraps should be put in the trash or composted. If it goes down the drain you are paying to clean the water and for the disposal of the material-twice the expense. Coffee grounds, egg shells, and almost all kitchen scraps (except meat, dairy, and bones) can go in a compost pile or bin.
  • Use a fine screen in your shower drain to catch hair and a fine screen on the laundry hose to catch lint.
  • Hazardous materials such as solvents, anti-freeze, oil-based paints, and mercury or mercury-containing compounds should not go down the drain. Unused medications can be disposed of at the Dunn County Sheriff's Department.

Citizens of Menomonie can do their part to reduce operations and maintenance costs by putting the following items in the trash, rather than down sink drains or toilets:

  • Antifreeze
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable wipes or diapers
  • Flushable wipes
  • Items made of cloth
  • Mercury or mercury-containing compounds
  • Paint
  • Plastics
  • Solvents