We can all work together to reduce and prevent pollution. Each individual can play an important role by practicing conservation and by changing certain everyday habits. For example:
- Select native and adapted plants that require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive, making your yard a Texas SmartScape. Learn to recognize what types of discharges to the storm drain system are prohibited and report any signs of illicit discharge to your storm water management operator.
- Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves, and debris out of street gutters and storm drains--these outlets drain directly to lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands.
- Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
- Dispose of used oil, antifreeze, paints, and other household chemicals properly, not in storm sewers or drains.
- Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease, and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local water bodies.
- Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.
- Follow state and local construction erosion and sediment control requirements for construction projects.
- Take your car to a commercial car wash facility. Washing cars on driveways or streets means that the cleaning products will flow directly into the storm drain and into a nearby stream, lake, or river. Using a commercial car wash facility will ensure that the water and pollutants go to a water treatment facility before entering local water bodies.
Door Hanger: Stormwater Pollution found in your area; These will be hung on the doors of homes on the street where we find household pollution in the drains.
10 Things you can do to prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution
After the Storm; A citizen's guide to understanding Stormwater.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Information
HHW Household Hazardous Waste
Examples of HHW are certain paints, stains and varnishes; cleaners, polishes; automotive products, pesticides and fertilizers. Even certain electronics such as televisions and computer monitors contain hazardous components. Household hazardous waste includes items that have the words "warning," "danger," "toxic," "corrosive," "irritant," "flammable" or "caution" on their labels. These items become "household hazardous waste" (HWW) when they are no longer usable or no longer wanted.
BOPA "B"atteries, "O"il, "P"aint and "A"ntifreeze
Fort Bend County HHW Program
The Environmental/Recycling Center is located at 1200 Blume Road in Rosenberg, Texas.
For more information, please visit the Fort Bend County website at: http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/getSitePage.asp?sitePage=5693
or Call 281-633-7581.
Harris County HHW Program
For more information, please visit the Clean Water Ways website at: http://cleanwaterways.org/hhw/collection.html or Call 281-560-8200.
City of Houston HHW Program
Operates a drop-off HHW location at 11500 S. Post Oak Lane, 77035.
For information about general recycling and drop-off locations in your area, please visit www.recycleinfo.org.