Watershed Education

Bloomfield Township and the Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water bring you the next important clean water tip:

Proper Household Waste Disposal & Storage

Antifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents, and motor oil are just some of the common household products that can enter our storm drains. Help keep these out of our lakes and streams. Instead of putting these items in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste center or collection day.

Here are some simple steps you can take to carefully dispose of household wastes and help keep our water clean. Give them a try. A few simple changes can make a big difference!

  • Identify it. Be aware of household products that can harm children, pets, and the environment. The words "danger," "caution," "warning," or "toxic" indicate that you need to be careful in how you use and dispose of the product.
  • Less is better. Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only the materials you need. When possible, choose less toxic alternatives. For example, try cleaning your windows with vinegar and water.
  • Store properly. Keep unused products in their original containers with labels intact. Select cool, dry storage areas that are away from children, pets, and wildlife.
  • Disposal is key. Never dump motor oil, chemicals, and other toxic materials down storm drains, sinks, or on the ground. Contact your local community for disposal locations, guidelines, and dates.
  • Don't forget the RV. Dispose of recreational vehicle sanitary waste at a nearby drop-off location. Never put it down a storm drain or roadside ditch! For more information on waste disposal locations and requirements, click here to be re-directed to the RV Dumps website.

Our Township is located within the Clinton River and Rouge River watersheds and our actions affect our waterways. Remember, our water is our future and it's ours to protect!

For More Information...

Outs to Protect LogoFor more easy steps on protecting our lakes and streams, see the following maps and tip cards (available in PDF format) or visit SEMCOG's Ours To Protect website by clicking here.

Protect Drinking Water
Conserve Water
Proper Pet Care
Storm Drain Solution
Seven Simple Steps to Clean Water
Car Care Tips
Fertilizers Tips
Household Waste Tips
Watersheds of Southeastern Michigan