Common Pollutants

Common pollutants we find in our Orange County waterways can be broken down into two topics:  Trash and Toxins.   

Trash includes such items as:

  • Litter
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Plastic
  • Paper / Cardboard
  • Styrofoam cups

These items belong in a trashcan or recycle bin, not our waterways.

Toxins include such items as:

  • Pet waste
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Copper from brake dust

These items are much harder to clean up once they get in our waterways. Prevention is the key. 

Items such as pet waste can be put into the trash. Pesticides, Fertilizer, Paint and Batteries should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste center.

Motor oil can be recycled at any local auto shop or to the Household Hazardous Waste center. Go to a commercial carwash, which recycles its water, in order to keep the brake dust out of our waterways.

Remember, the ocean begins at your front door!

Water Pollution Prevention Tips

Here are some easy tips that will help keep our waterways clean.


Trash and debris that starts in the gutter, ends up at the beach.