Prevent Pollution Everyday for a Cleaner Environment
Pollution prevention is any practice that reduces, eliminates or prevents pollution at its source. Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, dispose of or treat. Pollution prevention is a key to protecting public health and the environment.
Here are some simple pollution prevention habits that you can start during pollution prevention week and continue every day!
Safely Eliminate Mercury
Mercury is a chemical element that is highly toxic but may still be found in some everyday household items such as fever thermometers, compact fluorescent light bulbs, non-electronic thermostats, some batteries and the switches on some appliances. Mercury-containing items should never be thrown into the trash because the mercury can contaminate soil, groundwater and water bodies. City Utilities offers a Household Mercury Checklist and instructions for cleaning up small mercury spills. Learn more about proper disposal of mercury-containing items by visiting http://www.acwastewatcher.org/recycling-category/?category=161.
Properly Dispose of Unused Medicine
You may get rid of unused and unwanted medications in an environmentally responsible way twice each year at many area Walgreens Drug Stores. The next Unused Medication Collection event will be held in April 2018.
- The most important considerations when disposing of unused or expired prescription medications is keeping them out of waterways and disposing of them in ways that reduce the chances for drug abuse and accidental poisoning.
- Allen County TRIAD sponsors two annual medication collection days. If you miss those days, medications may also be dropped off at local police agency offices.
- Flushing pills, putting them down the drain or putting them into the trash are no longer considered to be environmentally safe practices.
- Liquid medications may be disposed of in the trash so long as you do the following: add kitty litter or used coffee grounds to the bottle then tape the lid onto the bottle using electrical or duct tape.
Protect the Environment as You Clean
- Buy and use reusable mops, sponges and rags rather than disposable cleaning items. Launder these items between uses.
- Follow label directions and only use the amount of cleaning products you need.
- Check out the EPA’s Safer Choice labeling program that identifies cleaning and other products that are safer for your family and the environment. https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/learn-about-safer-choice-label
- Make your own natural cleaners using products you may already have around the house. Get recipes for making environmentally friendly cleaning products…
Stop Buying Bottled Drinking Water
Make a commitment to drink tap water from a refillable bottle. You’ll save yourself money and keep throw-away plastic bottles out of landfills.
- Find out more about the high price and environmental cost of bottled water...
- Take a water conservation pledge at Clear Choices Clean Water…