From an article in the StarTribune:
Garbage disposals seem to have encouraged people to put all sorts of things, including hot oil, down the sink. Tough and supposedly "disposable" cleaning products like Swiffer dusting sheets, fiber rags and even stronger paper towels can also create problems.Not mentioned in the article, but I believe also verboten for flushing are Kleenex-type facial tissues.
"Just because it's disposable doesn't mean it's flushable," said Robert Hintgen, Richfield's superintendent of utilities. "And paper towels are not the same thing as toilet paper."
Among the objects that have been removed from sewers in Richfield, Edina and Hopkins are silverware (especially spoons), car keys, cellphones, necklaces, rings, scrap lumber, coins, underwear and a fully inflated basketball. Also found, probably courtesy of a curious toddler hovering over the toilet bowl and flushing: G.I. Joe action figures, Smurfs, troll dolls, grandma's dentures and dad's or mom's watch.
Don't even get sewer folks started on dental floss. It gets tangled in the pumps that propel wastewater through lift stations and snags on the rough insides of old pipes, catching floating debris. And it never, ever decays. "Dental floss causes havoc," said Hintgen. When a lift station pump slows, the culprit often is a mass of tangled floss wrapped in the machinery.
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