Emerging Contaminants and Household Hazardous Waste Resource Library


How Do I Recycle? Common Recyclables
EPA's guide to common recyclables and the best options to recycle them. Includes tips and resources for recycling used oil and household hazardous wastes such as paints, cleaners, oils, and pesticides. Also, check out Earth 911's Recycling Search. With over 350 materials and 100,000+ listings, they maintain one of North America's most extensive recycling databases. To get started, simply enter in the material you are trying to recycle along with your zip code and click search.

Drinking Water Research Topics
These U.S. Geological Survey webpages provide scientific data and information on the occurrence, fate, and transport of emerging and legacy contaminants in water resources, assessments of drinking-water sources, and the vulnerability of water supplies to contamination.

State Resources - KENTUCKY

Pharmaceutical Waste Booklet
Regulatory guidance for collection and disposal of household pharmaceutical waste.

Water Resources Section
The Water Resources Section conducts a variety of hydrogeological investigations and acts as a scientific-technical resource to assist the groundwater data needs of state and federal agencies, other KGS sections and UK research faculty, professional geoscientists and engineers, and the general public. This webpage contains information and contacts for different initiatives of the section including details regarding the following work: the Center for Disease Control Private Well Initiative; Inventory of Sinkholes and Sinkhole Occurrences;  and Emerging Contaminants.  

State Resources - TENNESSEE

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Illicit Discharges
This side provides a list of stormwater illicit discharge resources. Resources include: Car Care for Cleaner WaterDo's and Don'ts: Implementing a Successful Illicit ProgramEPA - Pressure Wash/Power Wash DischargesWayne County (Mich.) Illicit Connection ProgramHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection CenterNorth Hawthorne Street Household
Pipe Detectives Volunteer ProgramRecycles-Spring Clean-Up for Area WatershedsStorm Drain Markers;  Stormwater Management for HomeownersUnderstanding and Caring for Your Standard Septic Tank System; and Where Do I Take It?

Smart Yards Program
Tennessee Smart Yards is a University of Tennessee-led program that guides and assists Tennessee residents and neighborhood associations on practices they can apply in their yards and common spaces to create healthier living spaces and communities. Courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways. Water related principles of a smart yard include using water efficiently, using fertilizers appropriately, reducing storm water runoff and its pollutants, and potecting water's edge, amongst others. Check out the Smart Yards yardstick for a check list of mitigation activities associate with smart yard principles. 


Sewer Backups
Information about how to prevent sewer backups. 

Education and Outreach - Stormwater
This webpage offers residential tips to reduce stormwater pollution. 

Reporting Pollution
This webpage allows visitors to report stormwater pollution. This educational handout provides examples of illicit stormwater discharges. 

Best Management Practices for Businesses
Murfreesboro's guides for reducing stormwater pollution from restaurantsautomotive and car careautomotive businesses and parking lots, and when pressure washing  buildings, parking, restaurant lots, gas stations.

Best Management Practices for Homeowners
Resources for helping homeowners manage stormwater pollution. Resources include: the Homeowners Guide to Cleaner Water; how toCreate a Streamside Buffer25 Ways to Prevent Water WasteHow to Make a Rain GardenHow to Make a Rain BarrelHow to Recycle Used OilOil Recycling LocationsSummertime Tips for Water Quality; a Storm Drain Labeling Fact Sheet and Storm Drain Labeling Request Form; and Grass Clipping Disposal and Fertilizer Usage Information.

Fundraiser Car Washes
Car washes are a way of raising money for a good cause. Unfortunately they can have a negative impact on surrounding waterways. This webpage provides more explanation and information about the City's Professional Car Wash Coupon Program, which connects fundraisers to professional car washes that are equipped to properly treat wash water. The City also rents car wash kits for those who do not wish to use a professional wash.

Household Hazardous Waste
Information about what counts as household hazardous waste and resources for safely disposing of it. 

Medication Disposal
This site provides simple tips for getting rid of unwanted medications. This site includes links to medication disposal sites, an educational booklet, an informational flyer, a drug disposal video, and a notice for newsletters or blogs

Pollution Prevention Guidance
Metro Water offers pollution prevention guidance including work related guidance and home related guidance. Work related guidance covers: Pollution Prevention for Small Auto Maintenance Shops (same guide in Spanish); Dumpster GuidancePressure Washing (same guide in Spanish); Restaurant's Guide to "Good Housekeeping" (same guide in Spanish) and Mobile Carpet Washing Information. Home guidance covers: Used Oil & Antifreeze Recycling (Do It Yourself Vehicle Maintenance)Used Oil & Antifreeze Collection SitesHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection InformationLawn and Garden Maintenance.


Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and WetlandsHow Stormwater Affects Your RiversSewage Pollution in RiversWater Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water InfrastructurePharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our WaterThe Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities

Home and Garden Tips
These tips cover things you can do around the house and in your garden that will affect the health of rivers and streams. Suggestions cover conservation, household contaminants, nonpoint source pollution, oil and gas, environmentally safe products without chlorine and phosphate products and solvents. Links on this page take visitors to a printable River Smart Around the Home Tips Sheet and River Smart Gardening Tips Sheet, a video about where drinking water comes from, non toxic home cleaning products and tips, and information about where to recycle in Nashville. 

Tennessee Drug Take Back Programs
Information about TN drug take back programs and advice for safely disposing of old or unused medicines. This site includes a link to this pdf for finding a take back location near you. 

In the last couple years, we’ve seen an increased interest about the issue of plastic microbeads.  This page serves as an educational source for Kentuckians, and also highlights our efforts to understand the microbead pollution situation in Kentucky through a Resolution in the Kentucky General Assembly.  This page includes an educational poster from the 5 Gyres Institute about the issue. KWA is working with Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) to get legislative support for a resolution on microbeads.

Urban Streams
This PDF contains basic information for homeowners including recommendations for water responsible yard care, information about where to recycle oil, oil filters, antifreeze, and hazardous household waste, and more.