When it comes to maintaining public and environmental health, one of the most important elements of a community’s infrastructure is the wastewater collection system. This is how used water from our homes and businesses reaches Yarmouth’s wastewater treatment plant.
The wastewater collection system has a lot of different components in order to make this happen, including gravity sewers, pumping stations, force mains and manholes. At the Yarmouth Wastewater Treatment Plant, our town's wastewater is treated to meet minimum regulated quality requirements before it's released to the harbour.
Keeping this in mind, it's really important to know that our system is designed to convey and treat regular domestic wastewaters. If materials that aren't regular wastewater components manage to reach these systems, it can damage both our equipment and the environment!
What Can You Do?
Materials which reach the wastewater collection system can include things as simple as grease and fat from your kitchen. These can contribute to blockages in the collection system, which is why food or garden-related organic materials should be placed in your green cart.
Other materials that should be prevented from reaching the collection system include:
- Plastic materials (e.g. sanitary napkins, condoms)
- Cigarette butts
- Razor blades
- Hazardous chemicals (e.g. muriatic acid, insecticides, herbicides, etc.)
- Unused prescription drugs
- Petroleum products (e.g. fuel oil, gasoline, waste oil, etc.)
- Paints, paint remover, etc.
When we work together to ensure that waste is separated properly, then everyone benefits. While the town engages in routine street cleaning, you can help too – by adopting a block! Learn more on our Seasonal Services page.