Are Safe to Flush Moist Tissues Suitable for Septic Tanks?

Natracare Safe to Flush Moist Tissues are certified fine to flush in conventional sewage systems. But what about disposal in other types of off-grid sewage waste systems?

If you live somewhere with a separate sewage system, not connected to the mains water, it can affect what you can flush as blackwater. Blackwater refers to sewage, i.e. any water from toilets or water containing types of human waste.

There are three main types of off-grid blackwater sewage waste management:

  • Septic Systems
  • Composting Toilets
  • Lagoons

Natracare Safe to Flush Moist Tissues break down quickly after flushing in a typical sewer system, as they travel through the pipes. They also break down fully in 8 flushes, the typical number of flushes per household per day.

Whilst the Safe to Flush Moist Tissues haven’t been tested specifically for other types of disposal, they are as compostable as the 3 P’s – pee, paper or poo! Each tissue is 100% paper, with a marine safe organic and natural formula. Now let’s look at each disposal method.

Are Safe to Flush Moist Tissues safe for septic tanks?

This is the most common type of off-grid wastewater management. Septic tanks sit in the ground nearby a property and process blackwater waste, feeding clean water back into the ground.

Our moist tissues do not contain any chemicals which would have any adverse effect on the bacteria in septic tanks. This bacteria anaerobically helps to break down waste. Some septic tank pipes may be narrower than the pipes of a conventional sewage system, so we recommend checking this with the manufacturer before flushing the moist tissues. Our tissues are a large comfortable size, some users like to tear them in half to make them go further, so this can also be an option if you want to err on the side of caution.

So to reiterate: check with your manufacturer and supply them with the fine to flush testing methodology to be sure.

Are Safe to Flush Moist Tissues safe for compost toilets?

Compost toilets are variable in types and definition by country. From deep pits dug in the ground to other composting setups that aerobically break down waste, compost toilets essentially create compost out of your toilet waste. Many compost toilets do not use water for flushing, so are they suitable for our moist tissues?

Yes, Natracare Safe to Flush Moist Tissues can be used in composting toilets. As the moist tissues are made entirely of paper, they are compostable and so will break down when used in your compost toilet.

Are Safe to Flush Moist Tissues safe for lagoons?

Lagoons are similar to septic tank systems, except the soil can’t filter wastewater effectively. A lagoon system consists of two components: a septic tank and a small earthen pond underneath the ground.

Our moist tissues are safe to use with lagoon systems. None of the ingredients of the moist tissues will affect the bacteria in septic tanks, which helps break down waste. Similar to septic tank pipes, some lagoon sewage pipes may be more narrow than the pipes of a conventional sewage system, so we recommend checking this with the manufacturer before flushing the moist tissues. If your pipes are narrower, ripping them up into smaller tissues before use will make it easier for them to travel through the pipes.

So there you have it, a complete breakdown of how to dispose of our moist tissues in off-grid sewage waste systems.

Let us know if you have any questions below about disposing of our products. Find out more about our safe to flush moist tissues.

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