Looking after your toilet

Our toilets are something we don't often give much thought to - until something goes wrong! However, it is important that we all do our bit to look after the sewerage schemes in our area, as the more we do, the less treatment is required and this is a big win for our environment.

Here are some simple tips to help us all 'do the right thing' when looking after our toilet!

Not a garbage bin...

What you actually put down your toilet has a big effect on the efficiency of the system. Please do not place solid objects down the toilet. Avoid placing items such as cotton buds, toothbrushes, sanitary wear, nappies, food scraps etc. down the toilet. If you use toilet fresheners that clip over the bowl, replace the plastic holder regularly and check that it is firmly secured.


Your sewerage system relies on biological processes to treat wastewater. Unfortunately many medicines, particularly antibiotics, can kill this kind of bacteria. Medications can also damage marine life when the treated wastewater is released into the environment. Please dispose of unwanted tablets appropriately. Ask your pharmacist for advice.


Chemicals have a similar effect on our treatment systems. They not only affect the bacteria, but introduce unknown elements to our treatment processes. Please dispose of old chemicals on the council chemical clean-up day. Grease and oil is particularly difficult to deal with in the sewerage system. It clogs up plumbing and is difficult to remove at the treatment plant. Please dispose of grease and oil appropriately. Small quantities of cooking oil can be mopped up with a paper towel and placed in the garbage. Larger quantities of oil should be stored in a container and disposed of at a collection centre.

Start at the supermarket

You can also help to keep your community sewerage scheme healthy by choosing products that are low in phosphates. Phosphates are difficult and expensive to remove in the treatment process. The best way to avoid the problem is to select washing liquids or powders that carry the NP symbol. This means that they contain no phosphates.