Clean Air Choices At Home
Everyday choices we make can improve the air we share. Here are some ideas to get started.
Power equipment - Consider switching to manual or electric yard and garden tools. They do the work - but without the exhaust, maintenance and repairs. Do you own a leaf blower? Please use it for what it is intended for—blowing leaves into piles on the lawn. Please do not use it to blow around dust, dirt and debris from sidewalks or driveways - this simply creates a cloud of dust that you, your family members and neighbors have to breathe.
Mulch grass clippings - Not sure what to do with all those grass clippings? Using a mulching mower is a great way to enrich your soil by leaving clipping on your lawn. One drawback is that you have to be diligent about mowing more frequently.
Compost - Another way to handle grass clipping and other lawn and garden wastes is to start a compost bin. You can use it for your food scraps as well. Adding compost to your flower beds and garden provides nutrients and help keep water in the soil. For more information on composting visit Spokane County Solid Waste System.
Recreational fires - Wood burning fire pits, fire bowls, chimneas, and the like have grown in popularity. It's important to note before you purchase one of these devices that there are restrictions for their use. Not only are there air quality and nuisance rules, there may also be rules if you live in a planned development.
Remodeling, be aware of asbestos rules - Asbestos-containing products can be found in over 3,000 different building products. Regardless of the age of your home be sure to learn more about asbestos and how to protect yourself and others.
Reduce, reuse, recycle - your waste by purchasing items in less packaging. Remove yourself from junk mail lists and take reuseable bags with you when shopping; Reuse plastic bags and containers. Donate items you no longer use to local charities; Recycle magazines, newspapers, batteries, glass, cans, paper and plastic. For more information, visit Spokane County Solid Waste System.
Waste resource tool - Not sure what to do with a waste product or something you no longer use. Check out the new Spokane Waste Directory.
Prepare firewood now - Spring is the time to get your wood ready for the wood heating season. Firewood should be properly seasoned before burning it to provide the optimal heat value and cleanest burn. Cut, split, stack (off the ground) and loosely cover wood at least 8-12 months prior to burning.