IN YOUR YARD
• Never sweep or hose
leaves or dirt into storm drains - use a dustpan.
• When landscaping, look for drought-resistant or native plants.
• Consider natural alternatives to pesticides. Try using insecticidal
or importing predators such as ladybugs and lacewings.
• Compost your yard trimmings and green kitchen scraps to make an
excellent, all-natural fertilizer for your yard.
IN YOUR GARAGE
• Take used oil and oil filters to a
service station or auto parts store for recycling. NEVER dump oil
into the ground or street.
• Choose anti-freeze with propylene glycol and not ethylene glycol.
• Wash your car on your lawn or take it to a car wash to keep soap out
of storm drains.
• Batteries, anti-freeze, oil and transmission fluids are hazardous
Call 818-707-8800 to safely dispose of these products at a Hazardous
IN YOUR WORKSHOP
• Choose nontoxic
products or alternatives whenever possible.
• Use latex or water-based paints instead of oil-based paints whenever
Also choose water-based wood preservers.
• If not used up, safely dispose of hazardous materials like enamel or
oil paint, paint
thinner and stains/varnishes and the resulting waste products such as
Call 818-707-8800 for a Hazardous Waste Roundup near you.
• Consider carpooling,
taking public transit, walking or biking to work. Combine multiple
trips to cut
time spent driving.
• Keep dog waste, cigarette butts and litter out of the street and
away from storm drains.
• Participate in community clean up days - you'll beautify your
neighborhood and maybe even make
• Buy your favorite
products in larger containers - less waste is created by one
large container than many small ones.
• Choose products with less packaging, so there's less need for
• When you purchase only one or two items, don't take a new bag.
• Buy reusable containers to pack leftovers and school lunches.
• Choose durable kitchenware instead of paper or plastic cups, plates
• Try non-toxic
cleaners. Use baking soda as an all-purpose cleaner or vinegar as a
Choose powder bleach over liquid bleach.
• Use cloth towels or rags instead of paper towels whenever possible.
• Keep ants out by
following trails and sealing off entry points with tape, putty or
of using pesticides, wipe up ants inside with soapy water.
• Boric acid is the least toxic poison available for effective,
long-term cockroach control.
Place in cracks, crevices and secluded places where roaches hide, but use
and don't breathe the dust.
• Recycle cans,
bottles, paper - in fact, almost everything - through Santa Clarita's
• If not used up, products with the words "Toxic," "Flammable,"
"Corrosive" or "Reactive" on the
label must be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Roundup. Many
cleaning products and all aerosol
products, batteries, nail polish remover and expired medicines are
Call (818) 707-8800 for a Roundup near you.
REPAIR AND REUSE
• Buy durable products
and repair them when they break (instead of sending them
to our landfills).
• Give things you don't need anymore to charity.
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