Don’t Just “Throw it in the Trash”

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any substance containing ingredients that could negatively affect your safety, health or the environment. Alerting words found on hazardous products include:

  • poison
  • danger
  • warning
  • caution
  • toxic
  • flammable
  • corrosive
  • explosive
  • irritant

They can be found on a wide range of products in and around the home, including:

  • furniture polish
  • bleach
  • antifreeze
  • insecticides
  • paint
  • mothballs
  • many more
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Another hazardous property you may see on a label is reactive. This means the product contains chemicals that, if combined with certain other substances, could result in hazardous reactions such as gaseous emissions or explosions.

Visit our Clean Community System site to learn more.

Imagine: a Day Without Water

Imagine a Day Without Water is a national education campaign to highlight just how essential, invaluable, and in need of investment our water infrastructure really is. Just imagine: you couldn’t flush, hospitals couldn’t operate, and farmers couldn’t water their crops. For more: https://imagineadaywithoutwater.org

Use Trees to Prevent Flooding

Trees are amazing. Their leaves are beautiful, the create shade where we can cool off in the hot summer months, and let’s not forget they make our air breathable. Did you realize that trees can be used to reduce localized flooding because of their extensive root system and need for water? They are happy to soak up pesky rain water! Don’t believe us? Check out the EPA: http://bit.ly/3hBuBRV.

Before you decide to plant a forest around your home, consider:

  • The existing trees- plant a variety for aesthetic appeal and so one disease doesn’t wipe them all out
  • Any overhead utilities- you may end up pruning your tree frequently
  • Any paved areas- stay at least 5 feet from pavement; we don’t want a new driveway due to tree roots
  • Any underground installations- tree roots get into sprinkler systems and septic systems
  • The shade- will it fall where you want it to? will it be so dense that it kills your grass?
  • Any seasonal droppings- will acorns or walnuts bother you? are you allergic to cottonwood?

What do I do with my unused medication?

Your medicine is for you- what is safe for you might not be for someone else. The BEST way to dispose of old, expired, unused or unwanted medications is a drug take-back program. Contact your pharmacy for details. If you would rather just throw them in the trash, follow these steps:

  • remove them from their original packaging
  • mix them with something unappealing like dirt, coffee grounds, or cat litter
  • place the mixture in a closable container so it doesn’t leak out
  • place the package in your trash can

The LAST thing to do with your medications is flush them. They move straight through the wastewater treatment plant and flow out into our waterways. Once in our waterways, they can infiltrate the groundwater and get into our drinking water supply.

Visit our Clean Community System or the FDA for more information.