the Hazard Reduction Pledge!
I will protect my community, its children, our environment,
and Puget Sound and its watershed we share.
2. If I change my automotive oil, I will NEVER pour it on
the ground or down a drain but instead will take it to a recycler.
3. When shopping, I will watch for the words DANGER, WARNING,
and CAUTION on product labels, and I will buy the least hazardous
product possible for the job. (Labeled products all pose some hazard.
Products with the word CAUTION are least hazardous, those with the
word WARNING and which say DANGER are most hazardous.)
4. Whenever I buy a hazardous product, I will follow label
directions on safe use and disposal of the product. I will buy only
the quantities I know I need, and not buy extra amounts that I might
have to dispose of later.
5. For cleaning tasks, I will use “elbow grease” and non-hazardous
alternative cleaners like vinegar, salt, or baking soda where these
6. To control household and garden pests, I will practice
careful pest management, using toxic pest control products as a
last resort and in strict accordance with the label, and will choose
less hazardous alternatives when possible.
7. If I have oil, paints, thinners, pesticides, and other
hazardous items that I need to dispose of, I will NEVER do so by
pouring them down household or storm drains, onto the ground or
throwing them in the trash.
8. When I have leftover hazardous products, I will use them
according to the label (for solvents and thinners, this may require
cleaning for reuse), or give them to a friend who will use them
9. If I have hazardous products that I can’t use appropriately,
I will save them and bring them to a household hazardous waste collection.