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Household Hazardous Waste

HEALTHY HOUSEHOLD HABITS FOR HEALTHY WATERS

There are many sources for pollution to enter our streams and lakes. Point source pollution from an industrial plant, producing a chemical or thermal discharge, may be discovered quickly and terminated. On the other hand, nonpoint source pollution entering our waterways is difficult to pin-point because it is a combination of many substances that come from the total watershed area.

Toxic pollution is one type of non-point source pollution that is cause for major health concerns in our waters. The improper use and disposal of household chemicals contributes to this toxic pollution. Common household products such as cleaners, dyes, and paints containing hazardous materials that can pose a threat to humans, animals, plants, and the environment in general, especially if not handled or disposed of properly. We can control and decrease our environmental footprint and improve the quality of our waters by practicing “Green Housekeeping,” or “Environmentally Friendly” habits at home. There are some steps that you can take in your household to lessen the harmful effects of these hazardous products:

  • Make it a point to research and educate yourself about the chemicals in the products that you already have in your home.
     
  • Whenever possible, use up the product or donate it to someone who can use it. Even products that have been stored for several years can still be effective if used according to label directions.
     
  • Learn how to make your own cleaning products which do not contain harmful substances.
     
  • When you absolutely need a hazardous product for a particular job, buy the smallest amount needed for the task.
     
  • Always follow directions carefully when using any hazardous product.
     
  • Make sure that you never mix harmful chemicals and/or wastes together.
     
  • Keep toxic materials in their original containers with proper labels and directions for safe disposal.
     
  • Find out how to properly dispose of all of these products. Even harmless substances can pose a threat if combined with other materials and not properly disposed of. The Ohio EPA, USEPA and the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority are sources of credible information on product contents and proper disposal. These agencies can also inform you of disposal sites and event times.
     
  • Never dispose of toxic materials into a storm sewer where they can end up in a stream or lake.
     
  • Never put toxic substances into a septic system. These materials can leach into and contaminate ground water supplies. Toxic chemicals can also end up in streams, because the ground water will intercept the surface water and replenish the streams.
     
  • Never flush pharmaceuticals and other toxic materials down the toilet even if you are hooked up to the sanitary sewer system. The water from your toilet will go to the wastewater treatment plant and end up in the stream after treatment. The wastewater treatment systems are not equipped to treat toxic materials and pharmaceuticals, so these harmful wastes go into the water virtually untouched. Toxic chemicals will cause biological damage to fish and other aquatic organisms and will also contaminate the drinking water supply.
     
  • Finally, you can encourage your local officials to hold hazardous material collections, and most importantly, you can volunteer to help out.
     

Storm Water Program

Storm Water Program

The City of Akron's Storm Water Program is managed out of the

Sewer Maintenance Facility
2460 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 375-2776 f (330) 375-2399

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