Pollution Prevention

Things you can do around your home to keep our waterways clean:

  • Purchase non-toxic alternatives to harsh chemicals for your cleaning needs. Use up the entire product. Do not buy more than what you need. Do not pour unused household chemicals down the drain or into your toilets.
  • Return expired or unused pharmaceuticals or medications to your pharmacy. Do not dispose of these down your sink drains or in the toilet.
  • Be cautious when flushing wipes, even if the product is marketed as "flushable".
  • Fats, oils and grease in the sewer system can block your sewer lateral and may result in expensive repairs to your home. Scrape grease and food scraps off your plates. Use disposable paper towels to wipe up grease and place them in your green bin. Never pour grease down the sink drains or toilets.
  • Properly dispose of products such as paints, solvents and vehicle fluids by taking them to the City’s Community Recycling Centres. Do not pour these down the drain.
  • Pick up after your pets. Pet waste contains numerous bacteria which make their way into the storm sewer system and ultimately into our waterways. Flush pet waste down your toilet or double bag and put it in the garbage.
  • Use commercial car washes instead of washing your car in the driveway. Car washes are equipped to handle dirt, soaps and contaminants. Run off from your driveway can wash into the storm sewer and contaminate waterways.
  • Maintain septic systems wisely. Try not to overload your septic system with large water volumes, and practice good maintenance with a pump-out every one to three years. Minimize both solids and water that go into them, never add harsh chemicals, and have them inspected every few years.
  • Maintain swimming pools and hot tubs to ensure that harsh pool chemicals aren’t allowed to enter the storm sewers and contaminate our waterways.