Storage of Solid Wastes and Food Wastes

Improper storage of food and solid waste at residences can lead not only to water pollution problems, but problems with neighborhood pets and vermin as well.  Following the Best Management Practices listed below can help keep your property a clean and healthy place to live.

Suggested Best Management Practices:

  • All waste containers kept outside should have tight-fitting lids.
  • Leaking waste containers should be replaced.
  • Store waste containers under cover if possible, or on grassy areas.
  • Inspect the storage area regularly to pick up loose scraps of material and dispose of them properly.
  • Recycle as much as you can.  Check with your local solid waste collection facility, listed at the end of this document, to determine what items they recycle. 
  • Purchase products which have the least amount of packaging materials.  Consider buying in bulk quantities and sharing with neighbors or friends.
  • Compost biodegradable materials such as grass clippings and vegetable scraps instead of throwing them away.  Your flower beds will love the finished compost, and we won’t fill up our landfills so quickly.  Check with your local solid waste collection facility, listed at the end of this document, to determine if they offer composting.  Click here for more information about composting.