Sustainability Starts at Your Sink

Did you know the average household contains between three and ten gallons of materials that are hazardous to human health or to the environment? There are obvious things, such as paint thinner, car batteries, and cleaners, but beyond clearly hazardous materials, substances such as polishes, greases, and even prescription medicines and personal care products can affect the environment if disposed of improperly. Every time someone dumps a can of paint thinner down the sink, flushes medicine down the toilet or throws an old car batter out with the trash, they can impact our water quality—and it doesn’t have to happen. You can prevent pollution before it starts through proper disposal, educated product choices, and desire to contribute to sustainability or the continued health of our planet.

You can do your part for a sustainable planet and manage household waste. First reduce the amount you need. Some suggestions to help include:

  • Before you buy a product, make sure it will do what you want—you are responsible for proper disposal.
  • Don’t buy more than you need,
  • Read and follow directions on how to use a product and how to dispose of the container.
  • Use safer or environmentally friendlier substitutes when available.

Even if you reduce your wastes, there is still the question of what to do with what’s left over. This household waste chart shows effective ways to dispose of specific household waste and contribute to a sustainable clean environment.

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