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False teeth, TV remotes: Weird things dumped in Sunshine Coast loos


What do TV remotes, false teeth and car keys have in common?

These are items being found at Unitywater’s sewage treatment plants.

In a bid to encourage customers to value their loo and only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and paper, Unitywater has released a list of the most bizarre items discovered at its sewage treatment plants for World Toilet Day.

Toys and clothing items were among the most frequently reported items by the utility’s 17 sewage treatment plant operators, with false teeth, a TV remote, a rubber python and a screwdriver being other eyebrow-raising finds.

Unitywater executive manager customer delivery Rhett Duncan said while some objects on the list might bring a few laughs, the consequences of flushing them can be serious.

“Flushing anything other than pee, poo or paper has the potential to block household plumbing systems and our sewer network,” Mr Duncan said.

“This can cause wastewater to overflow manholes and back up into streets, gardens and homes, resulting in a costly and really unpleasant situation.

“Last year, our crews cleared more than 500 blockages from our sewer systems which do a lot of heavy lifting to transport waste from more than 319,000 properties, so we’re asking everyone else to value their loo and to do their bit too.”

Mr Duncan said the foreign objects, and even those that naturally make their way into sewage systems – like hair, sand, grit and rocks – are collected by screening equipment in place at sewage treatment plants.

“Our sewage treatment plants play a key role in our natural water cycle, allowing our waste to be cleaned and treated before returning it safely to the environment,” Mr Duncan said.

“Anything that isn’t pee, poo or paper cannot be processed and must be removed, so if it’s not one of the three Ps, we’re asking you not to put it down your loo."

The United Nations World Toilet Day, observed annually on November 19, aims to raise awareness of the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation.

Most bizarre items found at Unitywater’s sewage treatment plants:

• Car keys
• False teeth
• Children’s’ toys
• Pet toys
• TV remote
• Clothing (including a floral dress, socks, jeans, rubber thongs)
• Fishing lures
• Jewellery
• Plastic python
• Screwdriver