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Reduce Pollution From Your Business

 

PARKING LOTS

  • Pick up trash and debris.
  • Check for eroded areas that need to be stabilized.

 

LANDSCAPED AREAS

  • Use the correct amount of pesticides or fertilizers.
  • Properly dispose of yard waste.

 

YOUR BUSINESS VEHICLES

  • Use drip pans when changing oil and recycling used oil.
  • Keep vehicles tuned up to avoid drips and leaks.
  • Inspect for leaks, malfunctions, and staining on or around vehicles and equipment.
  • Properly dispose oil, antifreeze and batteries.
  • Do not leave full drip pans or other open containers of used liquids sitting around.
  • Wash vehicles in an area that drains to a sanitary sewer or other treatment system.
  • Cover fueling areas if possible to reduce exposure to rainfall.
  • Sweep or use other dry methods rather than hose down the fuel area for cleaning.
  • Post signs warning against “topping off.”

 

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MANAGING GARBAGE

  • Keep trash dumpster lids closed.
  • Post signs on dumpsters that prohibit improper disposal of liquid, hazardous waste, and recyclable materials such as batteries, aerosol cans, and tires.
  • Pick up dropped trash and sweep dumpster areas frequently.
  • Do not put any wastes in storm drains or municipal sewers.
  • If your dumpster leaks, get it fixed or get a new one.

 

STORING CHEMICALS

  • Maintain an inventory of materials - know what you have in the shop or yard.
  • Ensure all containers are in good condition and properly stored, labeled, and closed.
  • Label and track recycling of waste materials.
  • Use precautions to avoid spills and clean them up promptly if they do happen.
  • Keep rags and absorbents on hand to clean up spills. Clean up without water if possible.
  • Sweep or dry mop whenever frequently, especially outside.