A Quinte area high school student says we need to be more mindful of what we flush down the toilet.
Holly Tetzlaff spoke to Quinte West Council Monday about the Red Fish Route, an initiative she started, following a national award-winning science fair project she began in grade eight, showing how different flushed materials break down compared to toilet paper and the negative effects they can have.
Tetzlaff says there are a lot of things people think are OK to flush, but shouldn’t.
She says those unflushable materials turn into “fatbergs”, after combining with oils and greases in the sewers and plug up municipal water systems, costing hundreds of millions of dollars per year in repairs and maintenance.
Councillor McCue suggested Red Fish Route stickers be placed on all municipal bathrooms and staff said they’d look into it.
You can learn more about the Red Fish Route and its “Toilet Paper Challenge” by watching the video below.