What can you do to reduce toxics in Oregon’s water?
Wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove conventional pollutants such as oxygen-robbing materials, suspended sediments, and provide disinfection. The treatment plant process can remove some—but not all—persistent pollutants. Pollution prevention is the best way to reduce toxics from reaching Oregon’s rivers and streams.
You can take action to reduce toxics in Oregon’s rivers and streams by:
Buying and using environmentally safe cleaners and soaps. Look for any product that is certified by:
Take unwanted chemicals including pesticides, lawn care chemicals, and solvents to local household hazardous waste collection events. See a schedule of DEQ events. Your County or garbage hauler can let you know when additional events are scheduled.