Carefully Store and Dispose of Household Cleaners, Chemicals and Oil

What's the issue?
Carefully Store and Dispose of Household Cleaners, Chemicals and OilAntifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents and motor oil are just some of the common household products that can enter our storm drains. Help keep these out of our lakes and streams. Instead of putting these items in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste center or collection day. The Alliance of Rouge Communities Resource Recovery Guide: A Citizen's Guide for Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Disposal is intended to help residents with recycling and disposal of household wastes.

What are some helpful tips?
Here are some simple steps you can take to carefully dispose of household waste and help keep our water clean. Give them a try. A few simple changes can make a big difference!

Identify it 
Be aware of household products that can harm children, pets, and the environment. The words "danger", "caution", "warning", or "toxic" indicates that you need to be careful in how you use and dispose of the product.

Less is better
Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only the materials you need. When possible, choose less toxic alternatives. For example, try cleaning your windows with vinegar and water.

Store properly
Keep unused products in their original containers with labels intact. Select cool, dry storage areas that are away from children, pets and wildlife.

Disposal is key
Never dump motor oil, chemicals, and other toxic materials down storm drains, sinks or on the ground. Contact your local community for disposal locations, guidelines and dates.

Don't forget the RV
Dispose of recreational vehicle sanitary waste at a nearby drop-off location. Never put it down a storm drain or in a roadside ditch! For more information on locations and requirements go to