Many chemicals commonly used around the home are toxic. Select less toxic alternatives. Use non-toxic substitutes wherever possible.
Buy chemicals only in the amount you expect to use, and apply them only as directed. More is not better.
Take unwanted household chemicals and vehicle fluids to hazardous waste collection centers (call the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at 1-800-404-7080 or www.dswa.com for a complete list of accepted materials and drop off locations in your area); do not pour them down the drain
Leftover household pesticide? Do not indiscriminately spray pesticides, either indoors or outdoors, where a pest problem has not been identified. Call the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at 1-800- 404-7080 or www.dswa.com for a complete list of accepted materials and drop off locations in your area.
Regular vehicle maintenance reduces the potential for leaks.
Never pour unwanted chemicals on the ground.
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergents. Phosphate containing soaps can kill wildlife throughout the stormwater system.
Use water-based products whenever possible.
Recycle motor oil and filters