High Line Canal Cleanup
The High Line Canal Cleanup is a volunteer event to clear trash from the 11-mile stretch of canal that runs through Aurora. The goal for the day is to reduce the amount of trash from the canal that enters Sand and Toll Gate creeks in Aurora. It is also an opportunity to learn about the problems with littering and the importance of protecting and caring for our waterways by preventing pollution.
The next High Line Canal Cleanup will be held Saturday, March 15 (weather make-up day March 22). Volunteers are needed for this one-day event. Volunteer check-in will take place at the Community College of Aurora’s Student Center at 8 a.m. on event day. If you are affiliated with scouting, youth or church groups that are looking for ways to make a difference in their community this is a perfect opportunity. Aurora is a Take Pride In America (TPIA) city. A national partnership established by the U.S. Department of the Interior that aims to engage, support and recognize volunteers, TPIA works to improve our public lands.
For more information, call Mary Dawson at 303-739-7372 or e-mail email@example.com. To download a volunteer packet, click here.
Household Chemical Roundup
Are you moving, recently renovated your house, or have car projects? Do you have products such as pesticides, paint, automotive products, household cleaners or other items that can be considered household hazardous waste? Not sure what to do with them? Attend the Household Chemical Roundup and safely and efficiently recycle or dispose of those items that can be harmful to people, pets and the environment -- or just difficult to get rid of.
Tip - come later in the day. It's less crowded.
We need some help keeping the planet clean, so we're looking for volunteers. Interested?
At Your Door Special Collection
What can Aurora citizens do with chemicals like paint, pesticides, old motor oil and antifreeze, among many other products harmful to our water systems? This year, Aurora Water’s Door-to-Door Household Hazardous Waste program provides an easy solution for 250 residents.
For only $15 through the At Your Door program, residents can dispose properly of these chemicals rather than throwing them in the trash where they may leach into our water systems. Once a resident has called the hot line to schedule a pick up, they will be given a plastic bag, about the size of a large trash bag, with instructions on how to seal materials, along with a list of materials accepted. The chemicals will then either be recycled or disposed of properly.
At Your Door is NOT an ongoing project and is being held this year with funds left over from last year’s Household Chemical Roundup (HCR).
To enroll in At Your Door, please call 800-HHW-PKUP (800-449-7587). If a person lives outside of Aurora, he or she may want to call the above number to see if a similar program is being done in their city.
Water pollution can be caused by the things that we do everyday. What we leave on sidewalks and streets impacts our water quality. When it rains or when snow melts, storm water mixes with trash, antifreeze, motor oil and other undesirable items. As water flows off the sidewalk or street it drains to large, underground pipes designed to prevent flooding on streets and sidewalks. These storm drain pipes discharge storm water to the nearest stream or river.
Water pollution also happens when rainwater or snow melt flows across yards. Pet waste and fertilizers mix with the water and eventually flow down a storm drain. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of chemical wastes each year from common household lawn or garden products.
There are many things you can do to prevent water pollution. The links below will provide you with more information. Recycling is also a good prevention for water pollution. For more information on recycling, visit www.earth911.org.
Publications on Household Chemical Use
Natural Alternatives – Household Chemicals
As residents of Aurora, we bear responsibility to dispose of household waste properly in order to protect and preserve our quality of life. In Aurora Water's Natural Alternatives guide, you will find instructions on how to safely dispose of many household hazardous wastes. You will learn how to reduce your use of hazardous products by making use of alternatives. Follow these steps and you will be making your home and your neighborhood a cleaner place to live.