Pollution Prevention Tips

1. Use water-based paints. Rinse paint brushes and other equipment in an interior drain only. Reduce smog (low level ozone) by painting when temperatures are under 90 degrees.

2. Bike or walk instead of driving (Every 25 miles you don't drive prevents a pound of pollution)

3. Consider using solar energy in your house. Solar energy prevents water and air pollution associated with burning fossil fuels for energy. \

4. Park your car on hot summer days when ozone levels rise to unhealthy levels. Consider leaving your car home once a week and ride the bus or your bike instead.

5. A well insulated house & energy efficient windows conserve energy and saves money.

6. Recycle burned out fluorescent lamps at the Lane County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Fluorescent lamps may contain mercury.

7. Choose earth friendly lawn care methods & products. When using chemicals, follow package instructions for use and disposal. (Excess chemicals can destroy beneficial insects). If in doubt, ask an expert.

8. Consider using a push mower for your lawn. No air pollution, minimal maintenance & good exercise.

9. Replace the water your soil has lost through evapotranspiration (ET). Call EWEB or SUB to determine the weekly ET rates for your area. (Thorough soaking promotes healthy root systems).

10. Leaving small grass clippings on the lawn, "grasscycling", provides nutrients to the soil, creates healthy lawns and diverts yard debris from the landfill

11. Commercially available eco-lawn mixes can reduce watering and yard maintenance.

12. Plant trees! They provide shade, clean air, mask noise and need much less water than lawns.

13. Charcoal-starting chimneys prevent the need for lighter fluid w/traditional BBQs.

14. Consider plastic lumber for a deck or bench. Recycled content plastic lumber is durable and requires no painting.

15. Create a backyard compost pile or invest in a composter. Composting is nature's way of recycling. It converts plant waste into a rich soil additive

16. Avoid aerosol products. They can pose safety hazards and require special processing at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.

17. Low flow shower heads reduce water use from 4 to 2.5 gal/min. Therefore, a shower head using only 2 1/2 gallons a minute can save as much as 15 gallons of water during a normal 10-minute shower

18. Faucet aerators provide good pressure while reducing water use. The standard faucet flow rate is 5 gallons a minute. A low flow aerator can reduce this flow to approximately 2 1/2 gallons a minute while still providing adequate water for washing and rinsing. Installing aerators on the kitchen sink and lavatory faucets will save hot water and cut water use by as much as 60 gallons a month for a typical family of four.

19. Save water and money by fixing leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water a day or more.

20. Install low flow toilets. Toilets using only 2 gallons per flush can save 60% more water than a higher gallon per flush toilet. Leaky toilets can waste up to 500 gallons of water a day.

21. Use a durable canvas grocery bag. REUSE IS BETTER THAN RECYCLING. Canvas bags reduce the amount of disposable or recyclable bags we consume during grocery shopping.

22. Buy products in bulk. Packaging increases product cost and adds more to our landfills.

23. Leaky hot water taps can increase your water bill by 10%.

24. When you need a new refrigerator, look for an energy efficient model.

25. Use a worm compost bin for kitchen scraps. FEED YOUR LANDSCAPE, NOT YOUR LANDFILL!

26. Non-toxic cleaners can work effectively.

27. Keep a food discard collection container (for composting) handy at the sink.

28. Use cloth napkins instead of disposable napkins.

29. Organically grown foods reduce the amount of pesticides and herbicides used on crops. BUY LOCAL FOODS.

30. Linoleum floor covering is nontoxic as compared to vinyl floor coverings.

31. Save money by running the dishwasher only when it is full.

32. BRING YOUR LUNCH IN REUSABLE CONTAINERS rather than disposable packaging.

33. Save energy. Close off rooms in your house that your are not using.

34. If each household in the US lowered its average heating temperature by 6 degrees over a 24 hour period, we'd save the energy equivalent of 500,000 barrels of oil every day.

35. If possible, arrange to work at home, bank via the Internet and shop by mail or on-line. Cutting down on the use of cars reduces consumption of fossil fuels and helps keep air pollution under control.

36. Keep hot water heater set at 120 degrees to conserve energy.

37. Indoor drains discharge to waste water treatment plant. When cleaning up painting equipment & tools, wash them in an interior drain. Water based paints are less toxic and easiest to cleanup after.

38. Disposable batteries = more landfill waste & pollution. Use rechargeable batteries. Regular alkaline batteries are not recycled.

39. Use a water efficient washer - wash only full loads & use cold water when possible.

40. Line dry clothing to conserve energy.

41. Buy products containing recycled content material (jackets made from recycled plastic, paper, glass).

42. Buy washable clothing.

43. After you have prevented as much waste as possible while at the store, recycle any waste that is newspaper, glass, plastic bottles tubs or jars, cardboard, tin cans, mixed paper, milk cartons or aluminum.

44. Take used oil to recycling station-do not pour on ground or into storm drain!

45. Choose electric power equipment instead of gas-powered.

46. Regularly replace or clean furnace filters.

47. Leave the car home once a week or more. Carpool, ride the bus, walk or ride your bike.

48. Keep gas-powered vehicles tuned up for fuel efficiency.

49. Keep tires inflated correctly to reduce wear on tires & maximize mileage. Avoid air pollution by minimizing idling time.

50. Purchase products containing recycled content materials so we can recycle materials.

51. Hike or bike instead of using off-road vehicles for recreation. Swim, raft or canoe instead of using motorized choices on the water.

52. Provide Information on Green remodelers/builders

53. Provide Information on Green investments

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