Don't Be A Pain in the Drain!
There's a small handful of things you absolutely don't want to flush down the drain –old cooking grease, unused medicines, and household chemicals. When you dispose of these things improperly, you can cause water pollution and damage the water pipes that everybody shares. Here are a few tips for safe and responsible disposal of household hazardous waste.
There's a small handful of things you absolutely don't want to flush down the drain, such as money or time – and also old cooking grease, unused medicines, and household chemicals.
That's right. Modern American homes are full of things that CAN go down the drain but SHOULDN'T. This article will provide a few tips on what those are – and how to deal with them. Responsibly.
Cooking Oil and Grease
The best thing to do with cooking oil and grease is to reuse it. If the oil is used for frying mainly one thing, french fries for example, it can be used several times. Just strain the oil through cheesecloth or coffee filters into a covered can or plastic container. Bacon grease should be a crime to throw away, the way it can flavor potatoes and suchlike, but nearly everyone knows that!
As it turns out, when you flush old medicines down the toilet, they go to the local water treatment plant – which weren't designed to remove them. The dissovled medicines end up in the nearest river, and can be found in the tapwater of downstream communities. Find out if your doctor, clinic, or area hospital will take your old meds for disposal. If they can't, throw the bottle in the trash and send it to the landfill.
Household Hazardous Waste
Modern American homes are full of toxic chemicals – paint, varnish, turpentine, antifreeze, solvents, and more. The common troublespots are the garage and kitchen. That's where you'll find those half or mostly empty cans, bottles, tubes, and other containers of toxic stuff.
It's tempting to pour them down the drain. Out of sight, out of mind! But the water pollution control plant you house connects to wasn't designed to remove that stuff, so it will find its way into local waterways.
Remember, we all live downstream. If you don't take the time to carefully dispose of the materials that can pollute water supplies for the families that live down stream, can you ask the families that live upstream from you to do the same?
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