Where do I recycle my used oil?

Used motor oil can be recycled. It can be collected and re-refined.  Re-refined oil is as good a lubricant as new oil. Out of a 42 gallon barrel of crude oil,  you get 2 1/2 quarts of new motor oil. While recycling just one gallon of used motor oil will yield the same 2 1/2 quarts.

Of all Americans who change their own oil, only 10% of them dispose of their waste oil in the proper Manner.

A single quart of oil will foul the taste of 250,000 gallons of water. Oil kills the floating organisms in fresh water that feed fish, and it kills aquatic life.

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You Are the Solution to Stormwater Pollution

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Did you know?

Nearly everyone thinks that water pollution is caused by industry. In the past, most of it was.  But today the #1 threat to streams and rivers is from polluted stormwater runoff. Much of this polluted runoff reaches our streams and rivers through storm drains. Eventually that pollution flows into the Kanawha River.

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Backyard Composting

There are many benefits to composting.  It is a simple and inexpensive way to dispose of and recycle food scraps and yard waste that would otherwise enter the water stream.  Compost also helps improve the health and quality of the soil that it is added to.

Composting:

  • Reduces the volume of garbage
  • Saves money on disposal costs
  • Enriches and adds nutrients to the soil
  • Improves soil structure forms better root growth
  • Balances acid and alkalinity (pH) of the soil
  • Suppresses disease and harmful pests
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers

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Washing Your Car

The Facts about Car Washing!

For many, car washing is a springtime ritual. Often, citizens don’t that by washing all the winter grime off their vehicles they might actually be caused harm to our local waterways.

Water entering storm drains, unlike water that enters sanitary sewers, does not undergo treatment before it is discharged into our waterways, When cars are washed on streets and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in the streams, creeks and rivers.

Washing one car may not seem to be a problem, but collectively car washing activity adds up to big problems for our local streams, creeks and rivers.  Pollution associated with car washing degrades water quality while also finding its way into sediments, impacting aquatic habitats.