A safe, clean environment benefits everyone, and pollution prevention is a major step in the right direction. We've all heard how "going green" helps promote a healthier community. There are significant economic advantages as well. The pages in this section of the website explore how certain types of pollution — hazardous household materials, pharmaceuticals, grease, oil, fat, diapers and wipes, even salt — increase wastewater treatment costs. We also suggest practical things you can do to prevent pollution (and often save money) and help keep treatment costs as low as possible.
For information on household hazardous waste collection, visit the Monterey Waste Management District or Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority websites. Also please view or download the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal chart (PDF).