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General Tips

Commercial and industrial businesses can contribute to water pollution when management practices are not performed regularly. By following these general tips and practices businesses can assure a healthy environment for your neighborhood, business, and our local waterways:

  • Keep dumpsters and other trash receptacles clear of trash and keep lids closed. Water that enters trash receptacles and leaks out becomes litter that contaminates our waterways.
  • Regularly inspect and replace dumpster and other trash receptacles as needed.
  • Ensure the size of your dumpster is appropriate for the trash load of your business.
  • Properly bag trash before putting it in the dumpster.
  • Do not hose out dumpsters. Apply absorbent over any fluids spilled in dumpster. And use dry cleanup methods or a permitted mobile washer.
  • Sweep your store front and common areas and keep storm drains clear of trash.
  • Keep hazardous waste out of trash receptacles (this includes e-waste, appliances, paint, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, etc.).

Restaurants

Good housekeeping practices should always be on the menu at City of Salinas’ restaurants. Implementing safe, environmental practices and procedures in your restaurant is simple and easy. It’s also the law. Here are a few tips to adopt in your business to keep City of Salinas’ communities and local waters healthy and free of pollutants.

  • Clean floor mats, filters and garbage cans in a mop sink, wash rack or floor drain connected to the sewer through a grease trap. Never wash them in a parking lot, alley, sidewalk or street.
  • Use dry methods for spill cleanup (e.g. sweeping, absorbent materials). Never hose down spills.
  • Recycle grease and oil. Do not pour it into sinks, floor drains or onto a parking lot or street. Always keep grease bins covered and contained.
  • Pour wash water into a janitorial or mop sink. Do not pour it out onto a parking lot, alley, sidewalk or street.
  • Keep your dumpster area clean and your dumpster’s lid closed. Never fill it with liquid waste or hose it out.

Auto Repair Shops

Implementing safe, environmental practices and procedures in your shop is simple and easy. It’s also the law. Here are a few tips to adopt in your business to keep City of Salinas’ communities and coastal waters healthy and free of automotive toxins and chemicals.

  • Place drip pans underneath to capture fluids. Use absorbent cleaning agents instead of water to clean work areas.
  • Clean up spills immediately and use dry methods (sweeping, absorbent materials) for spill cleanup. Follow your hazardous materials response plan, as filed with your local fire department or other hazardous waste materials authority and be sure that all employees are aware and capable of implementing each phase of the plan.
  • Keep your liquid waste segregated. Many fluids can be recycled via hazardous waste disposal companies if they are not mixed.
  • Store all materials under cover with spill containment or inside to prevent contamination of rainwater runoff.
  • Recycle solvents, oil and used filters, anti-freeze, batteries, lubricants and metal filings. Contact a licensed hazardous waste hauler to dispose of saturated absorbents.
  • When cleaning auto parts, scrape parts with a wire brush or use a bake oven rather than liquid cleaners. Arrange drip pans, drying racks and drain boards so that fluids are directed back into the sink. Never wash parts or equipment in a parking lot, driveway or street.