Residents urged to think before they flush
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council is reminding residents that everything that goes down the kitchen, laundry and bathroom sink or that's flushed down the toilet, ends up in the sewerage system.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said putting the wrong things down the sewer affected council’s ability to treat and reuse the water and could cause damage to the system or blockages.
“Council has to pay to remove these items from the sewerage system and this is an added cost which is ultimately reflected in your rates,” she said.
Local residents are reminded that plastics, motor oils, paints, pesticides, non-biodegradable products, fats, oils, colonostomy bags, cleaning wipes, food scraps, cotton buds, nappies, condoms, sanitary products, wrappers, medicines, incontinence pads and syringes, are not suitable for flushing down the toilet.
Household chemical products can be taken to a waste transfer station drop-off point, where they will be collected and disposed of safely.
For more information or to report the discharge of illegal substances, call Whitsunday Regional Council on 4945 0200.