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Helpful Tips On Using and Disposing of Materials Properly

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using and disposing of harmful materials properly. When hazardous waste is dumped on the ground it can contaminate the soil and eventually lead to our water streams.

Contaminated soil then contaminates the ground water or nearby surface water. A number of products used at home contain hazardous or toxic substances that can contaminate ground or surface waters, such as Motor oil, Pesticides, Leftover paints or paint cans, Mothballs, Flea collars, Household cleaners, and a number of medicines

Next, don’t overuse pesticides or fertilizers. Many fertilizers and pesticides contain hazardous chemicals, which can travel through the soil and contaminate ground water.

It is also recommended to keep yard waste off the streets, sidewalks, and driveways, and gutters. If yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves enters our storm drains, it flows untreated directly to creeks, streams, and lakes. As yard waste breaks down, nutrients that are released can lead to water pollution.

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