Illinois Commerce Commission

The Illinois Commerce Commission is reminding residents to toss away trash, not flush it down the toilet.

According to a press release, flushing trash can lead to blocked drains and sewers which then can lead to manhole overflowing, flooding in homes and on roadways and pollution of watercourses.

Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Carrie Zalewski says “a shortage of toilet paper may tempt some residents to use and flush tissues, paper towels or baby wipes down the toilet.”

Zalewski says despite claims on the packaging of certain items, like flushable wipes, they are not flushable and can result in serious toilet clogs and damage to sanitary sewer systems.”

Additionally, chemicals, medicines, household cleaners and disinfectants can travel through sewers and wastewater treatment facilities causing harm to aquatic and marine life when discharged into our streams, rivers, and oceans.

For more information visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at