Tissues and Toilet Paper

Put in Garbage

Place tissues and toilet paper in the black trash container. 
Tissues and toilet paper are not recyclable or compostable. 

Never flush tissues.
Tissues may be made of a mix of fiber and plastic; some include chemicals and dyes. Tissues should never be placed down the drain as they can cause major blockages (such as fatbergs) in sewer systems. A fatberg is a rock-like mass of waste matter in a sewer system formed by the combination of flushed non-biodegradable solids, such as wet wipes; fat, oil, and grease (FOG) deposits; menstrual and hygiene products; and more.

Do Not Recycle

Although tissues and toilet paper are made from paper, the fibers are too short to be recycled and reused. 

Do Not Flush Facial Tissue

Unlike toilet paper, facial tissue is not designed to break down in water.

Ways to Reduce

Choose Eco-Friendly Tissue

Toilet paper and tissues made from bamboo, unbleached paper or recycled paper are more eco-friendly than generic bath or facial tissue.

Switch to a Bidet

Cut back on paper use in the bathroom by using a bidet as an alternative to toilet paper.

Go Old School With a Handkerchief

Choose a soft and reusable alternative to tissues by switching to handkerchiefs. Throw in the wash after use to keep them hygienic.

Did You Know?

We Flush 27,000 Trees a Day

During the Global Forest and Paper Summit held in Vancouver, BC, Claude Martin of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) reported that we flush the equivalent of 27,000 trees down the toilet every day. Globally, the U.S. is the biggest consumer of toilet paper.