What You Can Do
When we dispose of household chemicals by pouring them down the drain, flushing them down the toilet or simply letting them run down our driveways, they have to end up somewhere. And that somewhere is most often our water supply.
There are many ways you can keep much of your household waste out of the landfills. And they’re easier than ever to do.
Reuse/recycle what you can
Not everything we no longer need should end up in the landfill and forgotten about. Many things like clothing and electronics can be donated or recycled.
Curbside recycling allows your to reduce the amount of materials entering our landfills and it’s super easy! Visit Metro Nashville to see if you’re eligible to get your recycling bin, how to get the bin, and what can actually be recycled!
Metro Nashville’s Recycling Drop-Off Centers are located in 10 different areas within Davidson County! The drop off centers are convenient ways to dispose of recyclable items by simply sorting your items into different collection containers. Times and location details can be found on Metro Nashville’s website.
Household Hazardous Waste
Pouring into a storm drain or ditch sends the chemicals straight into creeks and rivers where fish and other aquatic creatures must suffer the consequences. Reduce the negative impact of hazardous chemicals in our streams by following these simple tips:
When possible, look for smaller containers of the product you need and only buy a new one when you’ve finished the entire amount. This way saves you money and ensures that less product will be wasted in the future! If you can’t find a smaller container and you know you won’t use it all up, ask around your community and see if someone else can use the product.
Do not pour chemicals down the drain or toilet, storm drain or ditch. Pouring chemicals into the toilet or drain in your home can wreak havoc on local water supply. Many hazardous materials pass through treatment facilities unscathed. These harmful chemicals are eventually released into rivers, lakes and streams.
Always follow the directions on usage and more importantly on properly storing them so that they aren’t stored at the wrong temperature or in a reactive container.
Learn more with Bob Fletcher from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as he talks about properly disposing of your hazardous waste: Watch Now!
Sometimes we have good reasons for using these types of hazardous chemicals. Often, though, there are healthier substitutes available if we take the time to do some basic research.