Water down the drain becomes another person’s drinking water

Your sink or toilet is connected to a wastewater treatment plant or underground septic system. Treatment plants are really good at removing age-old stuff like human waste. But they have a much harder time removing some chemicals and products of modern life. As a result, these pollutants end up in our rivers, lakes, and streams and can end up in our drinking water. Keep them out of the sink and toilet by disposing of them safely and choosing non-toxic alternatives!

Plastic microbeads on fingerDyes. May be toxic to humans and aquatic life and are not needed for product function. To avoid products with dyes, check labels for works like colorant, yellow #5, D&C, or FD&C

Fragrances. May be toxic to humans and aquatic life and are usually not needed for product function. Look for the word fragrance free. Products labeled “unscented” may contain fragrance chemicals that are used to mask the natural odor of the product.

Medications. Studies show that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate our lakes and streams. Dispose of medications at law enforcement facilities or pharmacies.

Plastic microbeads. Used in exfoliating scrubs and toothpaste, plastic microbeads can be harmful to aquatic life. Choose exfoliating products that are biodegradable.

Household hazardous waste productsHazardous waste. Products such as paint, used motor oil, and week killers need to be disposed of properly. Don’t throw these items in the trash or wash them down the drain. Take them to your local household hazardous waste facility.