The toilet is not a trash can. Please only flush toilet paper and put trash in the trash can.  An overflowing toilet can ruin your home in an instant. Just a small amount of household waste flushed down the toilet (or dumped down the drain or garbage disposal) can pollute our rivers, clog pipes and cause expensive and messy sewer backups in your home and our City.

If a resident is experiencing a sewer backup, it is requested that the resident contact the City of Davis Public Works - Utilities and Operations Department by phone at (530) 757-5686 between the hours of 8am and 5:00pm or by the City’s Police Department non-emergency line after hours at (530) 747-5400. More information

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

What might seem like liquid when you're done cooking, can solidify when poured down the drain. These fats, oils, and grease (FOG) build up on the walls of sewer pipes and blocks the plumbing, which can lead to sewer backups in homes, onto streets and into local waterways. Clogged sewer lines can lead to expensive plumbing maintenance for you and the city. Pouring hot water or soap down the drain will not help-it can only break up the grease temporarily.

Soak up small amounts of cool, hardened FOG with paper towels and place in the organics bin. Save larger amounts of liquid FOG and recycle it at the free Household Hazardous Waste drop off at the Yolo County Central Landfill  from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

Think Before You Flush (PDF)

Proper Disposal of Medications and Pharmaceutical Products

Pharmaceutical products and prescription medicines should never be poured down the drain or flushed down a toilet. There are local places to properly dispose of medications, please see our Pharmaceutical page for details.

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