How Household cleaners effect ou by fjzhangweiqun


									    How Household cleaners
     affect our environment:

You wouldn't pour your dirty cleaning bucket over
your garden. But when we use excessive
chemicals around the house, we're pouring those
cleaners out into our environment.
• The chemical based household products from a
  single home may seem insignificant, but when
  millions of homes use similar products major
  problems can arise.

• Improper use, storage and disposal of
  household hazardous products can potentially
  pollute our neighborhoods and contaminate our
The health of our communities
and environment is
endangered when household
cleaners are discarded in
garbage, sinks or storm
•   When thrown in with regular trash, household hazardous waste may end up in
    landfills not intended or permitted for those types of wastes.

•   When poured on the ground, household hazardous waste may seep into and
    contaminate our groundwater and/or the ocean.

•   When flushed down a toilet, sink or drain, household hazardous waste is
    transported through the sewage system to treatment plants that are not equipped
    to handle hazardous waste.

•   At treatment plants, hazardous waste interferes with the biological treatment
    process and can contaminate the effluent that runs into the ocean and the
    biosolids that cannot then be reused as fertilizer.

•   When hazardous waste is thrown on the street, it goes down storm drains leading
    into our area waterways, impacting the Pacific Ocean and our local beaches.

•   Phosphates are one of the biggest culprits in ocean pollution. They are
    common in laundry detergents and some cleaning products.

•   Phosphates are common in laundry detergents and some cleaning

•   High phosphate levels can kill life in rivers, streams and oceans by causing
    "algae blooms."

•   Algae slimes dense enough to suffocate marine life have been swelling
    around the world, especially in coastal bays. They are largely caused by
    fertilizing pollutants called "nutrients" in human sewage and farm runoff.

•   Some marine experts call this type of ocean pollution a silent, global
    epidemic that could destroy American's most scenic and commercially
    valuable waters.

•   Nutrients have devastated many popular fishing spots and shellfish beds.
    Many coastal bays have turned the hue of pea soup, and some have
    regressed to "dead zones"--water so depleted of oxygen that only primitive
    creatures such as bacteria and algae can survive.

•   Some progress has been made in tackling this problem. Phosphates have
    been banned in many areas. But some supermarket varieties still contain
    them. In addition, many other household cleaning products contain harmful
    solvents and harsh chemicals that destroy the natural processes involved in
    wastewater treatment.
Dispose of old or
unwanted cleaners
• Do not throw unwanted cleaners down the drain or in the

• Contact your municipal hazardous waste depot for
  proper disposal instructions.

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