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Are you interested in more information about making a difference to help the environment? We've got some tips for what you can do to make a difference at home! If you want to go a step further, check out our links to even MORE resources!


What can I do to make a difference at home?

  • Let grass clippings remain on the lawn as mulch and you won't have to water as often, or compost them or bag them and place them in your regular trash container.
  • Prevent soaps, cleaners and solvents from entering storm drains by taking your car to a carwash (carwashes recycle their water and dispose of the waste properly) or wash it over a landscaped area such as your lawn and water your lawn at the same time. Also, don't forget to minimize the amount of soap you use.
  • Pick up pet waste and place it in the trash or flush it down the toilet.
  • Time the application of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides so that they are not washed off the yard by storms. Don't over apply. Use environmentally friendly products and apply them when the weather forecast is clear.
  • Stop soil erosion on your property by protecting the soil with plants or mulch.
  • Keep metals out of storm water by driving less, car pooling when possible, and keeping your cars well maintained.
  • Recycle used motor oil. Fix oil and fluid leaks quickly. Clean spills with absorbents such as cat litter. Never hose down a spill into the street, and never put grease in the storm drain or sewer system through sinks or toilets.
  • Finally, put trash or litter in its place.
  • How should I dispose of used oil, old paint, car batteries, and other hazardous materials around the home?

Listen to a 60-second message about recycling your oil.

Interested in more information? Visit these informative websites:

City of Santa Maria Utilities Dept (GO GREEN!)

Santa Barbara County Waste Reduction Programs
California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling
California Integrated Waste Manage
Environmental Protection Agency
Become a Green Business