Preventing Stormwater Pollution
10 Ways You Can Help
- Repair oil and cooling system leaks on your car and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop-off or recycling locations. Recycle your used motor oil. On annual collection days, take household hazardous waste to drop-off locations. Never pour used motor oil or other hazardous materials into a storm drain. Contact the Solid Waste Management Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) for more information on recycling and disposal at 847-296-9205.
- Properly manage and dispose of yard wastes (grass clippings, leaves, etc.). Don't put them in the street, gutter, or storm drain. Contact the Public Works Department for more information on leaf and brush pick-up programs offered by the City at 847-963-0500.
- Use a proper container for your trash and recyclables. Don't put trash into the street or gutter where it can be washed into the storm sewer system. For more information on recycling, contact SWANCC at 847-296-9205.
- Use lawn and garden fertilizers sparingly. Learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers on your lawn or garden. Please don't double the dose just for good measure.
- Pick up after your pet. If you have a dog, clean up its waste and don't allow it to pollute stormwater runoff. You can properly dispose of pet waste by flushing it down the toilet or by placing it in the trash for regular pickup.
- Use water-based paints such as latex and wash paintbrushes in the sink with water. When using paint thinner, reuse and recycle it. Never pour unused paint or paint thinner into a storm drain.
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. The runoff from home car washing can contain detergents that are harmful to aquatic life.
- Use non-toxic alternatives to conventional household cleaners whenever possible. Contact SWANCC at 847-296-9205 for additional information.
- Educate your family, friends, and neighbors about storm water pollution. Spread the word.
- Report polluters. If you see a potential stormwater quality problem, please call the City of Rolling Meadows Public Works Department at 847-963-0500. Remember, water pollution is everyone's concern.