1. DO NOT pour fat from cooking or any other type of fat, oil, or grease down the sink. Keep a “fat jar” under the sink to collect the fat and discard in the solid waste when full.
  2. DO NOT dispose of household chemicals or cleaning agents down the sink or toilet. Simsbury has a Hazardous Waste Collection day usually from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Henry James School. Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority lists all collection dates.
  3. DO NOT flush pills, liquid or powder medications or drugs down the toilet. For recommendations on proper disposal for all types of medical wastes, visit the CT DEP publication here.
  4. Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket. Most tissues, wrappers, dust cloths, and other paper goods should be properly discarded in a wastebasket. The fiber reinforced cleaning products that have become popular should never be discarded in the toilet.
  5. Avoid using a garbage disposal. Keep solid wastes solid. Make a compost pile from vegetable scraps.
  6. Install a water efficient toilet. In the meantime, put a brick or 1/2 gal container in the standard toilet tank to reduce water use per flush.
  7. Run the dishwasher or clothes washer only when you have a full load. This conserves electricity and water.
  8. Use the minimum amount of detergent and/or bleach when you are washing clothes or dishes. Use only phosphate free soaps and detergents.
  9. Minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers. DO NOT dispose of these chemicals, motor oil, or other automotive fluids into the sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems. Both of them end at the river.
  10. If your home has a sump pump or cellar drain, make certain it does not drain into the sanitary sewer system. If you are unsure, please call Simsbury Water Pollution Control at (860) 658-1380 and we can assist in determining the discharge point.

The other type of pollution is soil pollution.Soil pollution is defined as the presence of toxic chemicals (pollutants or contaminants) in soil, in high enough concentrations to pose a risk to human .

Agricultural soils can be contaminated with a wide range of compounds, from both direct inputs (point source pollution) such as the application of pesticides and fertilizers and indirect inputs (diffuse pollution) such as flooding and atmospheric deposition. Polluted soils also represent a secondary emission source of contaminants to surrounding air, surface waters, groundwater, and subsequently to oceans.

The main sources of soil pollution in agricultural areas can be grouped as: i) pesticides; ii) mineral fertilizers; iii) organic fertilizers (manure and sewage sludge); iv) wastewater for irrigation; v) plastic materials such as films for mulching and greenhouses, drip irrigation tubes and empty packaging; vi) and rural waste.

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                                                            improvement in soil pollution
  • Use of pesticides should be minimized.
  • use of fertilizers should be judicious.
  • Cropping techniques should be improved to prevent growth of weeds.
  • Special pits should be selected for dumping wastes.
  • Controlled grazing and forest management.
  • Wind breaks and wind shield in areas exposed to wind erosin.
                                                                         Noise pollution

  Noise pollution can be defined as any disturbing or unwanted noise that interferes or harms humans or wildlife.

  • industrial: Most of the manufacturing companies and worldwide industries use big machines that can produce a large amount of noise. Apart from that, different equipment such as exhaust fans, compressors, grinding mills, and many more participate in producing big sound. The wide-ranging exposure to high levels of sound can damage the hearing abilities of the workers.

  • Transportation: Traffic serves as one of the major causes of sound pollution as numerous vehicles at the same time on the roads produce heavy noise. Apart from it, underground trains, airplanes flying over houses, and other transportation modes make it difficult for people to get adapted to high sound.

  • Construction Activities: The construction of buildings, stations, roads, dams, flyovers, and mining produces high noise. The sound produced can even hinder the hearing capacities of an individual exposed to the sound.

  • Social Events: Whether it’s a club, worship place, marriage, or any other social place, people usually create a nuisance that becomes the major cause of noise pollution. Playing songs on full volume can affect the hearing abilities of an individual who is frequently exposed to such sounds.

                                                                           Improvement in noise pollution
  • Turn off Appliances at Home and offices.
  • Shut the Door when using noisy Machines.
  • Use Earplugs.
  • Lower the volume.
  • Stay away from Noisy area.
  • Follow the Limits of Noise level.
  • Control Noise level near sensitive areas.
  • Go Green by planning trees.