1. Use reusable water bottles, not disposable
Excessive waste from our society is a problem. It is best to have one water bottle that you refill rather than using disposable bottles that end up in the trash, on the street, and in a landfill, or possibly floating down a river, in a lake, or in the ocean.
2. Don’t wash your car in the driveway, wash it on the lawn
A variety of pollutants and detergents are rinsed from your vehicle during washing. By parking your car on the lawn the plants in your lawn can limit the amount of these pollutants that enter into the street drain and then to streams and lakes. Plants will uptake the chemicals and reduce the pollutants that make it to the streams.
3. Dispose of hazardous chemicals properly. Don’t dump down the drain, indoors or out
Hazardous chemicals include cleaners, paints, and many other often used chemicals. Drains are not for disposing of liquid garbage. These items are probably the most important to store, use, and dispose of properly.
4. Recycle used motor oil. Deliver used motor oil to a recycling location
This one seems like a no-brainer. If you have used motor oil it can be recycled and needs to be taken to a proper location. Dumping oil down a drain is never a solution. Some auto shops and filling stations will recycle used motor oil for you.
5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This three teered system is the best way to reduce waste. First Reduce. Reduce the number of items you consume especially things that can be replaced with something reusable, such as a washcloth instead of paper towel. Second, always reuse items rather than use disposable. Anything you do can help, you don’t have to make every change at once. Lastly, recycle. If it is something you have to dispose of, recycle what you can. All of this will reduce the amount you pollute and should also leave a few more dollars in your pocket as well.
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