High Desert Droplet - February 2018

Be a Star in Your Own Home this Spring Season

Feb 1, 2018 at 3:03pm

This spring season, we challenge you to keep spring cleaning “green” with these useful household hazardous waste disposal tips.

Nearly 66 percent of adult Americans participate in spring cleaning annually and are unaware that some of this clutter getting tossed is actually considered household hazardous waste. Toxic household materials like motor oil, oil filters, old paint, heavy-duty cleaners, and old batteries are too hazardous to throw in the trash and once it reaches landfill, can contaminate our groundwater and waterways.

Don’t get left in the dark about how to properly identify these unwanted items and even more importantly, where to safely dispose of them. This season, make sure to be a stormwater-savvy star by following these environmentally friendly spring-cleaning tips that not only help our landfill, but also our waterways!

  • Ask your friends and neighbors if they can find some use in your unwanted household materials or find out what acceptable materials can be taken to your local household hazardous waste centers.
    • Outside: Fertilizers, pesticides, weed killers and pool chemicals
    • Inside: Household chemicals including nail polish removers, hair relaxers, bleach and drain cleaners
  • Help recycle, reduce and reuse these usable items:
    • Batteries: Visit the Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority for more information on how to safely dispose of batteries
    • Light bulbs: Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury pollute our waterways and ultimately our drinking supply. However, components of a CFL bulb such as mercury, glass and metal elements should be recycled and reused. Check your local Lowes retailers to find a location near you and ask about their bulb collection options.

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