Things we do at home can adversely affect stormwater quality, which can harm aquatic life and ultimately our drinking water.
A few simple changes can make a difference to water quality:
- Do not dump toxins down a storm drain or drainage ditch.
- Dispose of litter (organic and inorganic) properly.
- Clean up after your pet.
- Reduce the amount of household hazardous wastes generated at home.
- Use conservative lawn care practices.
- Follow proper vehicle maintenance practices.
What are Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW)?
According to EPA HHWP many products contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients, such as household cleaners, acids, aerosol cans, anti-freeze, brake fluid, degreasers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, batteries, flea collars, herbicides, household chemicals, lighter fluid, motor oil, oil filters, pool chemicals, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, tires, varnish, and pharmaceuticals.
Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or (in some cases) putting them out with the trash. Even though this disposal method might not be immediately obvious, it can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
For more information on which wastes at home are hazardous refer to the list of common household products with potentially hazardous ingredients.
HHW Proper Storage and Disposal Methods.
- Follow product instructions carefully and never mix products.
- Always store products in their original containers in order to have the instructions about their use available.
- Recycle as many products and containers as you can. Click for a listing of waste disposal companies.
- If you are not going to use these products 100%, share it with your neighbor.
- If a spill occurs, read the instructions on the label. If necessary, use kitty litter or other absorbent material to clean spills from hard surfaces.
- Buy products labeled “non-toxic.”
- Buy recycled products, when possible.
- For additional disposal instructions, see DeKalb County’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Brochure.
Lawn Waste Disposal
- Landscape with native plants to promote less watering and insect reduction.
- Use a rake or broom rather than a hose or blower to clean up grass clippings.
- Compost or recycle yard clippings.
- Direct rain spouts onto grass, flowerbeds or shrubbery.
- Pick up pet waste and flush it down the toilet or dispose of it in a plastic bag in the garbage.
- When using fertilizers and pesticides, follow label directions carefully. Avoid applying any lawn chemicals when rain is forecast.
- Follow the Georgia statewide outdoor use schedule.
Illicit oil discharge (left)
- Have your car inspected and maintained regularly to reduce leakage of oil, anti-freeze; and other fluids.
- Check your vehicles for leaks and make the needed repairs as soon as you can.
- Reduce auto emissions through auto maintenance, car pool, and/or use public transportation.
- Click here for a list of waste disposal and recycling facilities (14 kB PDF).
- Only use automotive repair shops that practice proper disposal of tires, oil, and other waste.
- Wash your car on the lawn rather than in the driveway.
- Use commercial car wash establishments, which properly dispose of the dirty water or recycle.
How You Can Prevent Pollution at Home?
Preventing pollution is less expensive and better for the environment than removing pollution. Recycle your household and automotive chemicals. Learn how to make your own cheaper and eco-friendly household cleaners.
For additional information on stormwater links:
For more information on how Doraville’s Stormwater Management program may affect you financially, you can read DeKalb County’s Stormwater Information Page.
- For more information on how you can help keep Doraville and DeKalb County clean please visit here.
- For more residential stormwater management information, visit the Clean Water Campaign website.
- To report polluters call 770-451-8745 or click here.