Trickle Down Thursday: Cleaning Professionals

What would your life look like if the cleaning staff stopped showing up? These amazing people keep our work lives and living spaces neat, clean, sanitary, and smelling nice. They also do their part to keep our waterways clean by properly disposing of excess cleaning products. Mop water, soapy water, and the mysterious-cleaner-hiding-in-the-back-of-the-cabinet-from-decades-past do not belong in our storm drains. Visit https://www.cleancommunity.org/ for proper disposal information.

Waterwise Wednesday: Not Treatable

Water treatment processes makes water clean again, but some things cannot be treated or removed once they’re in the water system. Please don’t pour down a drain or flush the following:

– Pills, medications or drugs. Unused medications or drugs can be deposited in the drop boxes at either the Gering or Scottsbluff police stations. Walgreens and USave Pharmacy have drug take-back programs.

– Household chemicals or cleaning agents. Unused agents should disposed of as hazardous waste at local take-back event.

– Use the minimum amount of detergent and/or bleach when you are washing clothes or dishes. Use only phosphate free soaps and detergents.

– Minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers which can easily carried in water runoff.

– Motor oil or other automotive fluids. Used oil can be taken to the Gering Landfill.

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