Preventing Drainage Problems

Drains and Sewers

About drainage problems

Disposable nappies, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products are just a few of the household items regularly flushed down the toilet. They can create unnecessary expense and inconvenience for many householders by blocking up their pipes and drains, which can lead to flooding from manholes and gullies.

Inconsiderate disposal of waste products can also cause blockages in drains and sewers, which can result in wastewater flooding roads and properties, as well as spilling into rivers and streams.

Other products, often disposed of down the drains without thinking and which cause problems, include cooking fat, car engine oil, garden chemicals and surgical dressings.

Correct disposal

  • Nappies, sanitary products, wet wipes, cotton buds and all similar items should be disposed in your household waste.
  • Chemicals, solvents, engine oil and paint should be taken to your local civic amenity site.
    See Household Recycling Centres for further information .
  • Fat and cooking oil should be cooled down to solidify.  It can then be disposed of in your domestic waste or mixed with seeds and nuts to make a feeder for birds. If you have a large amount of waste cooking oil you may be able to recycle it at a civic amenity site.
    See Household Recycling Centres for further information .
  • Medicines, tablets, syringes and needles should be taken to your pharmacist, local hospital or health authority for safe disposal.