DID YOU KNOW:
§ Storm drains remove storm water that could cause flooding. Storm drains lead directly to local rivers, streams, and lakes. Water entering storm drains is untreated and unfiltered before it reaches the Portage Waterway.
§ Water entering storm drains may contain oil, antifreeze, gasoline, soil, litter, pet waste, yard and gardening chemicals, and yard waste. This pollution can eventually reach rivers, streams, and lakes.
storm water from our community can reduce water quality and harm fish and
other aquatic plants and animals in Huron Creek, the Portage Waterway and
§ Every time it rains--- polluted storm water washes down the storm drain into our lakes and rivers.
YOU CAN HELP BY:
§ Take your used motor oil to an authorized location to be recycled.
§ Pick up waste and litter, such as paper and plastic, BEFORE they reach storm drains---not only is it bad for the environment but they can clog storm drains..
§ Properly dispose of used batteries, paint, and other chemicals.
Help keep our streams, Portage Waterway and
Spread the word!
Recycle Old Batteries
Through a national program, Call2Recycle™, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you recycle your used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. The website, http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/dropoff/index.php identifies the following locations in our area for drop-off of rechargeable batteries: Swift True Value Hardware, Cellular One, AllTell, Office Max and Walmart (batteries only).
Recycle Your Leftover Paint
Although there aren't facilities available locally for recycling paint, try to buy only the amount of paint that you can use. If you can't use it all up and then add kitty litter to evaporate it, or follow the directions on the can for proper disposal.
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Recycle Your Used Motor Oil
The following businesses will accept used motor oil. These businesses do not charge for disposing of your waste oil. We are fortunate to have at least one business near every local community.
Use Less Chemicals in Your Home & Yard
Hazardous cleaning products can be dangerous to the environment. When hazardous chemical are poured down the drains in your home, they eventually reach ground water or a stream, river or lake.
Avoid using hazardous chemicals (fertilizers and weed killers) on your lawn and garden to protect water quality.
A group of home school students compiled the information in this flyer as part of an
Earth Day project with the
Our goal is to raise citizen awareness.
We invite you to join our efforts in protecting Huron Creek, the Portage
Please dispose of your wastes responsibly!