Spring is in the Air! Tips for Spring Household Clean-up and Clear-out!

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the Air!

It’s time to roll up your sleeves for spring cleaning…and proper waste disposal! There’s no better time than spring to begin clearing your property of clutter and products containing hazardous chemicals or materials. Common household pollutants like trash, yard debris, and unused hazardous materials (detergents, fertilizers & pesticides, automobile fluids, paint, etc.) can wash into our storm drain system and into our local waterways when not disposed of properly. Consider these tips when cleaning up and clearing out your property to help improve water quality and protect our waterways.

Tips for Spring Household Clean-up and Clear-out!

    • When cleaning, switch to phosphate-free detergents and soaps. Many cleaning detergents like laundry, dish, and car wash soaps contain phosphates which can harm our environment, water quality, and even our own health. See our February bulletin for more information on nutrient pollution.
    • Properly dispose of trash, yard debris, and recyclables by always securing the lid on bins. Replace any bins that are deteriorating or leaking.
    • Household hazardous waste (HHW) is the unused or leftover portion of any hazardous chemicals or materials and needs to be handled with care. To properly dispose of HHW, drop it off at designated collection facilities. Do not mix different products into one container and ensure all containers are sealed, not leaking, and have legible labels (no worn-off labels). If the label is worn off, write the name of the liquid or material on the container or look up the manufacturer of the product and request a label. Transport HHW in the trunk/back of vehicle or in another area away from passengers and pets.
    • For general information on HHW and drop-off sites, click here or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).
      • Take used motor oil, antifreeze, and other automotive fluids to a collection facility. Learn more about motor oil recycling here.
      • Recycle leftover paint through PaintCare, a national paint stewardship program. For more information, local drop-off sites, and events, click here.

The County of San Diego appreciates what its communities are doing to help protect our waterways. Visit the Watershed Protection Program website to learn other ways we can all work together to prevent stormwater pollution.



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