Pollution Solution: Recycle your Used Motor Oil

Changing your own motor oil is a smart way to save money, but carelessly tossing the used sludge can have serious repercussions on our creeks, rivers and lakes. Along with hazardous chemicals, used motor oil is loaded with lead, arsenic, and other metallic compounds that wear off from your engine over time. When dumped into storm drains, poured onto the ground, or even thrown into black bins in a sealed container, this oil can reach waterways and cause contamination that…Read more →

How Can I Conserve Water?

That is the question everyone has been asking ever since Governor Brown urged every Californian to cut their water use by 20%. On average, Riverside residents use around 70 million gallons of water each day. To keep in step with the Governor's proposal, we each need to save about 15 gallons a day. Luckily there are some simple ways to conserve water in the home that can really add up. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth: 10 gallons…Read more →

Drop Off Hazardous Waste

It is illegal in California to toss household hazardous waste (HHW) into the trash. Be sure to always take HHW like motor oil and oil filters, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, cleaners and old batteries to a certified collection facility. Riverside County has three permanent collection centers that offer free drop-off service and safe disposal of your unwanted chemicals. The county also sponsors occasional HHW collection events. Visit their website for a list of accepted materials and hours of operation.Read more →

Recycle Used Oil and Filters

Keep your car—and the environment—running smoothly by following some simple automotive best practices. Maintain: Keep up with regular car maintenance to prevent leakage of oil, antifreeze and other fluids and save money on car repair. Recycle: Take your used oil, oil filters and car batteries to a Riverside County household hazardous waste collection center or automotive center. You can also buy high-quality recycled motor oil and batteries for your car. Clean it up: Use a drip pan to collect spills…Read more →

7 Ways to Tackle Water Pollution

Calling all clean-water warriors! By following these 10 simple pollution prevention tips, you can help stop harmful chemicals from washing into our local waters. #1. Pass on pesticides. Add herbicides and fertilizers to that, too. Rainwater or water from your sprinklers wash these chemicals into the storm drains and out to our creeks, rivers and lakes. Even small amounts of commercial lawn chemicals can disrupt the delicate aquatic environment. #2. Don’t let yard waste go to waste. Leaving grass clippings…Read more →
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