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You might think they’re too small to hurt anything, but the truth is, butts are a serious pollution problem. As the number one most littered item, tobacco products tally up to a staggering 32% of debris counted. That litter can then end up in our lakes and rivers where it is slow to degrade. So if you smoke, do the water and wildlife a favor and use an ash receptacle or carry a portable ashtray. Do the right thing: Put your butt where it belongs.

Dumped on the ground or down a storm drain, used motor oil contaminates the rivers, lakes and ground water everyone depends on — from fish and wildlife, to plants and people. Instead, recycle used oil at a public drop site or oil change facility, and keep a close eye on your vehicles for leaking oil or other fluids. Changing oil is part of keeping any engine running smoothly. Take time to “do the drop” and keep nature’s engine running smoothly too.

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Who’da thunk it? Washing your car in the driveway is actually an environmental no-no. That’s ‘cause paved driveways that drain to the curb send suds, oil, and greasy grit straight down the storm sewer and into our rivers and lakes — not as obvious as tossing trash into the water, but just as bad. Instead, simply wash your vehicle on grass or gravel that filters runoff naturally. Use phosphate-free soap and a trigger hose nozzle to conserve water. Or head to a car wash where wash water gets properly treated. Simple steps to clean green and make your ride shine. Way to roll!

Check your car often for oil and fluid and other leaks and fix them promptly. If there is a spill, Use kitty litter or sand to soak up the liquid. Properly dispose of this material after the spill. Collect all used motor oil in containers with tight fitting lids. Do not mix waste oil with gasoline, solvents, or other engine fluids. This contaminates the oil, which may otherwise be reused, and may form a more hazardous chemical.

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