Pollutants - Solutions

Keep it clean with these simple Pollution Solutions

Wash your car on the grass or at a commercial car wash that recycles the water. Soapy water can pollute the rivers.

Apply fertilizers as instructed on the bag or box. Choose organic when possible or a slow release options. Only rain should go down the drain. 

Test your soil to know the best fertilizer options for your lawn. (Contact the local Master Gardeners Association for help.

Expired/old medicine should go in the trash or to a local free recycling drop off center but never down the toilet or the sink.

Recycle yard waste and used motor oil. Mulch grass clippings and leaves while you mow to help replenish your soil or bag it and compost it to use later in your garden. (Used oil recycling centers)

Surfaces like gravel or pervious pavers are better for walkways because they allow rain to soak into the soil.

Hardy native plants require less water, fertilizers or pesticides to thrive.

Everything we pour down the drain ends up in the water we drink.

Dispose of pet waste in the trash, no the toilet. Ranchers can recycle some animal waste to fertilize and replenish future crops.  Other waste should be disposed of properly, slowed, spread and sunk.

Other things to keep an eye on

If you have a septic system, be sure that it stays in tip top shape.  It is recommended by the Shelby county Health Department that your tank be inspected every three to five years to ensure it is still effectively moving waste.  Not only will it help the ground around your home stay clean, it will keep you aware of potential system failures or backups into your home

A storm water system is designed to convey rain water to local creeks, rivers and lakes.  There is no stopping along the way for cleaning out the trash. Only rain should go down the drain.

Recycling Tips