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What Not to Flush

When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the borough sewer system. Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to borough sewers as well as the borough sewer system. Every property owner connected to the borough sewer system can be potential contributor to sewer problems, and a potential victim of those problems.

Putting the wrong thing down the drain can damage the sewer system, cause sewer backups in your home, and sewer releases to the environment. Anyone who uses the borough sewer system is responsible for what they flush or pour down drains.

Don’t Flush This

Grease in sewer pipes is a big problem. But there are other things that should never enter the sewer system because they can block pipes, cause mechanical problems at pump stations or treatment plant and pollute the environment.

The only thing you should ever flush down a toilet is human waste (urine and feces) and toilet paper. Here is a list of some of things to keep out of the toilet.

  • Cloth and disposable diapers
  • Tampons
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Mini or maxi pads
  • Unused medications (Dispose of at MedReturn at the Municipal Building)
  • Condoms
  • Cleaning wipes of any kind
  • Facial tissue (Kleenex)
  • Bandages and bandage wrappings
  • Rags

If your sanitary sewer is backing-up into your home call the Borough Office. If the problem occurs during non-business hours, please call our non-emergency number at 814-868-7911.

Garbage Collection

Waste Management is implementing the following temporary rules during the Covid-19 crisis:

  • Bulk Service.temporarily discontinued.
  • Yard waste service temporarily discontinued.
  • All garbage must be in garbage bags. All garbage in toters and dumpsters must be in bags.
  • Recycling must be in containers that can be picked up and dumped in our truck or it will be left.
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