Saving our Sewers, the Environment and Money

Every year Municipalities across Nova Scotia spend hundreds of thousands of dollars unblocking pipes, cleaning up spills and removing grease build up from the sewer system. It doesn’t just affect municipal sewer lines; as soon as these things hit your plumbing they begin to coat the pipes in your home which could lead to sewer backups and expensive repairs.

Here are some quick facts to help:

  • Only flush the 3Ps: Pee, Poo and toilet Paper
  • Even items labeled “flushable” should not be flushed
  • Sort Properly (garbage, organics, recyclables) Give our What Goes Where? tool a try!
  • Drop off your household hazardous waste (HHW) at the East Hants Waste Management Center 

By flushing pharmaceuticals or hazardous household products they could enter our source waters and potentially impact our drinking water.

All products (even those labelled “flushable”) should not be flushed! Personal hygiene products do not breakdown and can cause costly blockages in our sewers and potentially into your home. It may seem convenient to put food scraps down the drain (or toilet), but it’ll be costing more in the long run.

Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG’s) are a major culprit for plumbing systems.  These should NEVER be put down the drain.  Don’t run hot water over them – you’re just pushing the problem down the pipe where they will cool, harden and eventually clog.


NEW:  F.O.G. – A Guide for Food Establishments in East Hants


Common Items that should NOT be flushed

Instead of flushing these everyday items, here’s a quick guide of common products that CANNOT BE FLUSHED, and what we recommend you do with them. To find out where to sort other items that should not be flushed see our What Goes Where? tool.


  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Diapers
  • Condoms
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dental Floss
  • Paper Towel (bathroom)
  • Waxes
  • Hair
  • Cigarette Butt

Organics Cart

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Food Scraps
  • Facial Tissue

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

  • Hair Dye
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Pharmaceuticals (drugs/medicine)
  • Bleach

The Big Leak

Those of us who enjoy the convenience of Municipal water and wastewater services don’t always know how safe water gets to our tap or where wastewater goes when it leaves our home.  Even fewer of us are aware of the severe problems facing our aging water and wastewater infrastructure, much of which we deal with in East Hants. The Water Brothers summarize current issues with outdated infrastructure in a 25 minute video called “The Big Leak.