Reduce Waste Toxicity

Steps You Can Take
Equally important as reducing the amount of waste is reducing the toxicity of our waste. Here are some steps you can take to make a difference:
  • Learn about alternatives to household cleaners containing hazardous substances and make your own
  • Purchase items that use non-toxic processing methods and finishes
  • Learn about and practice organic gardening and eliminate the use of toxic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
  • Dispose of used car batteries and used automotive oil, engine, and brake fluids properly (car service centers cannot recycle most used engine products); for more information see the A to Z Disposal Guide
  • Use environmentally friendly materials and products during home renovations
    • Low voc (volatile organic compound) paints
    • Non-toxic adhesives, caulk, and paint removers
    • Building products made from sorghum and fast-growing bamboo plants are commercially available
  • Purchase ready-made non-toxic cleaning products