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Home Maintenance Tips

Around the Monterey Bay, most storm drains flow directly to the ocean sanctuary with no treatment. Storm water pollution is a serious problem for wildlife dependent on clean water and for the people who live hear streams or waterways. Home remodeling, repair, and construction activities often involved materials and wastes that are toxic to the environment when they reach a storm drain or creek. 

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Home Repair and Remodeling

Home remodeling, repair and construction activities often involve materials and wastes that are toxic to the environment when they reach a storm drain or creek. Paint products, concrete, mortar, and landscaping runoff that contains weedkillers or pesticides are common sources of concerns.

Household Hazardous Waste

In an effort to pool the education section together in one local we have outlined the household hazardous waste programs by other agencies. All of the member entities have existing programs provided by other agencies and private companies that educate and provide services for used motor oil and used oil filters. Each community is provided with curbside oil recycling services for residences. 

Pest Control

Home maintenance activities often involve materials and wastes that are toxic to the environment when they reach a storm drain or creek. Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are washed off lawns and landscaped areas. These chemicals not only kill garden invaders, they also harm useful insects, poison fish, and contaminate ground and ocean water. 

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Motor Oil Recycling

Some common sources of storm drain pollution include spilled oil, fuel, fluids from vehicles and heavy equipment, construction debris, landscaping runoff containing pesticides or weed killers, and materials such as used motor oil, antifreeze, and paint products that people pour into a street or storm drain. 

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Pool Maintenance

The leisurely California lifestyle of lounging poolside is a great way to live. However, the effects of having a pool on one’s property can be far reaching and can have a deleterious effect upon local water quality, if pool maintenance is not done appropriately. 

Street Sweeping Schedule

Our goal is to provide clean, litter-free streets, while also reducing contaminants in storm water runoff that could reach the Monterey Bay. You can help by moving your vehicle off of the street on your day for street sweeping. Contact your Public Works Department to find your street sweeping schedule:

  • City of Carmel-by-the-Sea – (831) 620-2070
  • City of Del Rey Oaks – first Wednesday of the month
  • Cities of Monterey and Sand City – (831) 372-7977
  • City of Pacific Grove – (831) 648-5722
  • City of Seaside – (831) 899-6825
  • County of Monterey – (831) 755-4925