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Municipal wastewater treatment plants are designed to treat household sewage and associated organic contaminants using physical, chemical, and biological processes. Unfortunately, humans have become accustomed to flushing many other waste products down the drain which end up creating problems in the public sewer system, clogging lift station pumps, or even passing through the entire treatment system only to end up the environment.
View more information on the What Not to Flush page.
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Learn about the Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) Program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers leftover household products as hazardous wastes, such as:
These wastes can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances, and can be corrosive or toxic; therefore, they need to be disposed of properly - not down the drain!
There are many different types of career opportunities at the WRA. If you are interested in learning more about what job openings are currently available, please visit governmentjobs.com/careers/desmoines.
Visit the Metro Waste Authority Hazardous Waste Drop-off Site website, or call 515-967-5512.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste, please visit Environmental Protection Agency's website.
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