Taking Action

Our households have a serious impact on water quality. Many of the products we find in our home are toxic and new knowledge is causing the list to grow. Small dry cell batteries, used in toys and flashlights for example, are found to contribute heavy metals such as cadmium to the environment and should be disposed of on hazardous waste collection days rather than in our garbage.

• Become informed.

Read labels to know what you are buying and what are the potential hazards.

Follow label directions. If you don’t understand them, ask the manufacturer or dealer or call your WSU Cooperative Extension agent for an explanation before using.

Use alternative, less harmful products whenever possible.

Use the least toxic product you can find and buy only what you need.

Never use more of a product that the manufacturer recommends. Dispose of your unwanted household chemicals properly.

Take used motor oil to a recycling station.

Insist on effective sewage treatment for your community by correcting failing septic tanks and keeping treatment plants operating properly.

Rethink/Reuse – Damming the Waste Stream