TIPS FOR A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD AND HOME

    

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 soap
   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 products.

Call 818-707-8800 to safely dispose of these products at a Hazardous Waste Roundup.

IN YOUR WORKSHOP

Choose nontoxic products or alternatives whenever possible.
Use latex or water-based paints instead of oil-based paints whenever possible.
  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 rags and
  paint rollers.

Call 818-707-8800 for a Hazardous Waste Roundup near you.

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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
  new friends!

WASTE-LESS SHOPPING

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 landfills.
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 and utensils.

HEALTHY CLEANING

Try non-toxic cleaners. Use baking soda as an all-purpose cleaner or vinegar as a glass cleaner.
   Choose powder bleach over liquid bleach.
Use cloth towels or rags instead of paper towels whenever possible.

PEST FREE/PEOPLE SAFE

Keep ants out by following trails and sealing off entry points with tape, putty or caulking. Instead
  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 carefully
  and don't breathe the dust.

SAFE DISPOSAL

  Recycle cans, bottles, paper - in fact, almost everything - through Santa Clarita's curbside
   recycling program.
  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 hazardous.

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.

For more information, visit www.888cleanla.com

 

City of Calabasas 2014