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Pollution Prevention
Help Prevent Pollution
The following tips have been provided to show that we can all make a difference to protect our streams and prevent harmful pollution from entering the environment.

  • Pick up pet waste to prevent it being picked up by runoff and ending up in our streams and rivers. Dispose of this waste by flushing down the toilet
  • Recycle used oil, antifreeze, and other fluids properly. Clean up spills and fix leaks promptly and properly.
  • Dispose of old paint, solvents, and other hazardous wastes correctly. The Town of Christiansburg takes part in an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event, and this is the correct way to dispose of these materials.
  • Dispose of trash properly, including cigarette butts.
  • Create a compost pile to dispose of yard waste. Composted leaves and grass clippings creates free organic fertilizer.
  • Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides by planting pest and disease resistant plants. When fertilizers or pesticides must be used, be careful when mixing and applying and always follow all the directions on the label.
  • Avoid using fertilizers and pesticides near rivers or streams.
  • If you wash your vehicle at a commercial carwash, choose one where water is either recycled or sent to the sanitary sewer system where it is treated properly.
  • If you wash your vehicle yourself, do this in the grass which allow the grass and other vegetation to filter the water partially, and then allows biological process occur which further filters and cleans the water, before it recharges our aquifers.
  • Sweep driveways, patios, and sidewalks clean instead of hosing them down.