A California Town Asks Residents Not To Flush T-Shirts Used As Toilet Paper

Good advice.

March 24, 2020

It's been one of the biggest stories in this pandemic, the shortage of toilet paper and the mass hoarding involved with it. Personally, I've got 3 rolls of 1-ply that might as well be sandpaper that I'm saving in case of emergency, but some people are taking other, drastic measures.

The city of Redding, California has asked residents to please stop flushing pieces of shredded t-shirts that they've used in place of toilet paper.  Mind you, they're not really saying "Hey, don't wipe with t-shirts." They're just saying "Don't flush them." Instead, you're urged to put them in a bag and throw them away.

Unlike toilet paper, things like... you know... t-shirts, as well as 'flushable wipes' and paper towels don't break down in the regular sewer system and were causing massive blockages that could cause the sewers to back up into peoples' homes.