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The things we pour down our drains, butt out on sidewalks or leave after our pooches deposit them can have a significant effect on the health of our bay and the water we use. Incorrect disposal of toxic materials, like paint and batteries, and use of toxic substances on our gardens can contaminate our local soil and water. The type of fuel we use in our cars, the cleanliness of our engines, our wood-burning fireplaces and backyard burns all produce particulates that affect air quality and, sometimes, soil and water quality. Renovations are also a prime cause of local pollution and stormwater contamination.
Because we live in a city with a long and diverse industrial past, there are also prevention measures that we should note before attempting a backyard excavation or installing an organic vegetable garden.
Perhaps the most common kind of pollution to which we are exposed is at home or the workplace. Indoor pollution can be caused by the materials, paints, finishes and furnishings we use, as well as poor ventilation and damp-proofing of the building itself. A healthy indoor environment can reduce the risk of allergies, asthma and even colds!
This section provides information and practical solutions about preventing pollution and sourcing low-pollution alternatives. Find out how to dispose of toxic or polluting products and materials, ways to make your home or building pollution-free, your garden pest-free and your water clean. Take action to clean up your act now!