70% of land pollution ends up in the Ocean. Not only that but folks pouring away chemicals and drugs down the drain or in the toilet are contaminating our water ways daily.
Have a problem knowing where to put toxic garbage?
Check with your local refuse or recycling companies for the best place to put your toxic trash like paint and household cleaners.
As for medicines; this from Medicinenet.com – The US Geological Survey studied water from 139 streams in 30 states and found that 80% contained traces of pharmaceuticals. The affect that those traces of pharmaceuticals may have on the environment, plants, and marine life is unknown. Studies are ongoing to determine the effects of Prozac and other anti-depressants on fish development. Other work is focused on the effects of Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering drug, on fish reproduction.
Some local government agencies have medication receptacles or specific days set aside to collect medications that are out of date or are no longer needed. Doctors’ offices or pharmacies may have medication receptacles. You simply bring your old or unusable medication to the office and dispose of them in the receptacle. You may want to ask your physician if they have these available.
For E waste from Consumers Reports – Electronics products can also contain toxic substances, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which all must be disposed of carefully. So far, 25 states have passed laws requiring people to recycle old electronics. But no matter where you live, there are safe methods for disposing of electronic waste.
Even Goodwill takes electronics for disposal – no doubt making money from reclaiming the minerals and metals.
For too long we have use water as a way to hide what we don’t want to see around. Fukushima is planning to eliminate their huge burden of contaminated water by dumping it in the Ocean in 2022. What Japan fails to realize, is that the Ocean is not theirs to infect with poison.
Do what you can where u are to reduce the amount of garbage you accumulate by not buying more than you need, buying only products with minimal packaging, and not using caustic chemicals for any reason. Time is running out. #imo