Household Hazardous Waste
People and animals can become sick or die from ingesting contaminated fish, shellfish, or water.
Follow these tips to stop chemical runoff:
- Use organic products (or the least toxic products) available for all projects around your home.
- Avoid spilling oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and paint on paved areas or onto the soil.
- If a chemical spill occurs, clean with rags or absorbent material such as sand or kitty litter. Sweep up absorbents and dispose of in the trash.
- Collect all used oil, antifreeze, and other vehicle fluids in containers with tight fitting lids and recycle at a local service station or DPW.
- Dispose of hazardous waste through the local Household Hazardous Waste Program (contact your local DPW for more information).
- Sweep up all outdoor home repair/construction areas on a regular basis and dispose of debris in the trash.
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks. Never use a hose for cleaning, as the water will wash pollutants into storm drains.
- Pour wash-water down sanitary sinks (or toilets). Never pour anything down a stormdrain.
- Store chemicals in leak proof containers inside a building or shed, or under cover. Do not expose hazardous materials to rainwater.
- Place a drip tray under chemical containers for extra protection against leaks.
- Avoid over-salting walkways and driveways in the winter, and use pet friendly ice melt products whenever possible.