Flush only toilet paper, Minnesota agency says

Minnesota Pollution Control Center advises against flushing substitutes

A sign hanging in front of a shelf of toilet paper March 27 asks customers to limit their purchase to one package at Teals Market in Spicer. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking people not to flush their disposable wipes down their toilets as it can create plumbing problems and lead to repair costs. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reminding residents to watch what they flush.

With people stocking up on supplies like toilet paper amid the coronavirus pandemic, alternatives like paper towels, facial tissues, baby wipes, disposable wipes and other products are certainly going to be considered.

The MPCA is urging everyone to stick to flushing toilet paper and toilet paper only.

"These products — even those labeled 'flushable' -- do not break down like toilet paper and can clog pipes, leading to sewer backups and costly repairs," the MPCA said in a press release.

"Please DO NOT flush items other than TP down the toilet. Place wipes and other products in the trash instead."

Joe Brown is a sports reporter for the West Central Tribune.

He can be reached via email at: or his office number: 320-214-4332.
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