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Many personal hygiene wipes, baby wipes, and cleaning products are marketed as being “flushable”, but despite the confusing and misleading labels you should never flush “flushable” or "disposable” products. These products do not break down as they move through the sewer system and can cause blockages in your home sewer lines, resulting in the backup of sewage into the home. They can also cause blockages in the City’s sewer pipes and pumps causing sewer overflows, costly cleanup and repairs and extensive environmental damage. Remember, the only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper.
Do not flush items such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels, baby wipes, towelettes, and mop refills. These items should be placed in the trash. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Modesto Environmental Compliance division at 209-577-6200.
Protect the Tuolumne River by keeping grease out of sewers. These are the steps used to properly clean a grease trap.
Open cooled trap. Remove surface grease solids with slotted spoon, and oil with solid spoon. Place in a double lined plastic bag
Scrape grease from sides and dividers into the disposal bag.
If sediment is less than two (2) inches thick, call a licensed company to pump the trap clean.
Remove, inspect, and clean screen.
Pour cat litter into bag of grease and mix until solidified.
Tie bag securely and place in dumpster.
Reassemble, tighten lid, and record on log sheet.