Dispose of hazardous waste properly
Take unused hazardous products like paint, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, and antifreeze to the household hazardous waste depot in your municipality.
Detox your parking lots and driveways
Direct downspouts away from paved areas to minimize icing hazards. Don’t use coal tar based driveway sealants – they contain high levels of polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are carcinogens and disrupt aquatic life. Maintain your vehicles regularly at a licensed mechanic.
Wash your car at a commercial carwash
Take your cars to a commercial carwash where the wastewater will be treated. Look for the IInternational Carwash Association WaterSavers sign of approval indicating the sustainable practices of individual carwashes.
Put butts where they belong
Provide ashtrays and ensure cigarette butts get contained in the garbage. If you are a smoker, carry a pocket ashtray. If you own or manage an establishment where people smoke outside, provide an ashtray and sweep up butts left on the sidewalk.
Spread only natural fertilizers
Instead of using commercial fertilizer on your lawn, use a mulching blade on your mower, aerate annually and apply composted organic matter to build soil health (be sure to do this during dry weather). This will help keep the nutrients out of the storm sewer and let the goodness soak into the ground when it rains.
Pick up dog waste
Be sure to pick up pet wastes using a compostable bag, then bury or compost it properly. You can buy compostable bags from pet stores or make your own scooper from folded newspaper or a paper cup. You can also build a dog waste digester in your backyard and let it decompose naturally.