Pollution Prevention at Home
- Purchase energy efficient appliances
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room
- Use a clothesline to dry clothes
- Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Walk, carpool or ride your bike when possible
- Fix leaking faucents and toilets
- Turn off water when brushing teeth
- Install a low flow toilet
- Only run the dishwasher or clothes washer with full loads
- Do not use a timer to irrigate your lawn. Water only when needed.
- Use a broom to clean up your sidewalk or driveway instead of a garden hose.
- Choose durable, reusable goods (for example, don't buy disposable razors, use razors that have replacement blades)
- Eliminate the use of paper plates and foam cups.
- Compost yard wastes and non-meat kitchen scraps
- Use cloth napkins
- Wrap gifts in cartoons or old maps
- Use rechargable batteries
- Bring your own shopping bag to the mall or grocery store
- Borrow, rent or share items that you use infrequently
- Repair, sell or donated goods when you no longer need them
- Buy in bulk and avoid products with excessive packaging
- Buy products made out of recycled materials
If you change your own oil, recycle the used oil at a service station or recycling center. Many landfills also accept used oil for recycling.
Baking soda and water insted of ammonia-based all-purpose cleaners.
1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup vinegar instead of comercial drain cleaner
Use non-toxic glue and water-based markers for your arts and crafts projects.
Use a baking soda paste as a general stain remover. Rub chalk on grease stains prior to washing. Apply butter or margarine to chocolate stains, let set at least 15 minutes and wash.
Use herbs, set out a small dish of vanilla or leave an open box of baking soda in the room as an air freshener.
Give leftover household hazardous products to someone who can use them (i.e., paints, pesticides, cleaning products, etc.).
Use cedar blocks or chips instead of moth balls.
Use red chili pepper, paprika, or dried peppermint to repel ants.
Find out which companies in your area practice pollution prevention, and patronize their businesses (see the Emerald Award Program for a list of companies that practice P2 in Broward County)
Pass the pollution prevention message along and let others know what they can do to prevent pollution. Encourage others to follow these practices. |
For additional information about waste prevention
, go to the Waste Regulation site.
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