Healthy Auburn Waters -- sponsored by the City of Auburn-- is a public education program teaching residents and businesses how to properly dispose of chemicals; pesticides; pharmaceutical waste; cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG); and motor oil and fuel. You will find information here about types of household hazardous waste (HHW), the reasons we are concerned about these wastes in the environment, and the correct methods of disposal.
Everything going into the sink, down the shower drain, or into the toilet ends up being treated by the City of Auburn Wastewater Treatment Plant. This new plant came online in 2011 and features the most state of the art disinfection processes available. The plant uses ultraviolet light to disinfect wastewater which drastically reduces the amount of chemicals needed. It is much safer for the environment. However, not every type of chemical, medication, or heavy metal can be removed from the water. These compounds end up in local waterways where they can damage aquatic plants and animals and eventually move up the food chain.
Our goal is to stop household and business-generated hazardous waste from entering the water system. This is called “nonpoint source pollution control.” If we can control or stop the hazardous waste from flowing down stormdrains or from entering the system from homes and businesses, we can drastically reduce or eliminate these compounds from going into the beautiful creeks and rivers surrounding our town.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! NEVER dump any type of chemical, medication, or metal into the sink drain, into the toilet or down the storm drains. The city has arranged for hazardous materials pick-ups, collection dates and drop-offs so that these hazardous materials can be disposed of properly. It might take a little extra time on your part to collect FOG into a bag rather than washing fats down the sink but the benefits are huge. If we all do our part, we can make a substantial difference and keep our waterways healthy for all the animals, plants and humans living here.
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