Pollution Prevention

Pollution Prevention

Many of our daily activities can contribute to water pollution in our local communities. With some attention and care, we can help prevent pollution and keep our communities safe, healthy, and clean. See the information below to learn more about pollution prevention. Contact us at PW.CustomerService@fultoncountyga.gov with your questions.

Household F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease)

Did you know that when rinsed down the drain, fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can cause blockages in your pipes? These costly FOG clogs can be easily prevented with a few simple steps:

Discard your food debris in the trash instead of in the sink or garbage disposal.
Pour old cooking oils into a can to cool, then discard it in the trash.
 Consider recycling using cooking oil at a recycling center near you.

Keep North Fulton Beautiful
470 Morgan Falls Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
(770) 551-7766

Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
1110 Hill Street
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 600-6386

Merk Miles Convenience Center
3225 Merk Rd SW
College Park, GA 30349


Don’t Flush That!

Wipes, paper towels, and other items like feminine hygiene products, contraceptives, and disposable toilet brushes are often at the center of sewer clogs and backups. These backups ultimately mean costly repairs for property owners.

Medications should also never be flushed down the toilet. If you have used medications, consider participating in Fulton County’s Drug Disposal Program. All items are collected by the Fulton County Police Department and disposed of by incinerator at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Remember the 3P’s – Pee, Poop, and toilet Paper – are the only things that should ever be flushed down the toilet.

What’s The Scoop?

We all know that pet waste on sidewalks and lawns are unsightly and provide nasty odors, but did you know that pet waste can also add high levels of harmful bacteria and excess nutrients to our waterways? Be the solution to water pollution by picking up your pet’s waste. For more information about how pet waste can be harmful to our water resources, download the Clean Water Campaign’s Pet Waste Brochure.

Do your part, be Septic Smart

Do you know the last time your septic system was inspected and serviced? Fulton County recommends that you service your septic system every 3-5 years. Proper maintenance of your system can prevent septic failure and water pollution. For more tips on septic system maintenance, please visit the EPA Septic Smart page.

Be the solution to Household Hazardous Waste Pollution

Household products like automotive fluids, paint, pesticides, and cleaners should never be flushed down the drain, emptied onto the ground, or washed down community storm drains. These ordinary products can contaminate ground and surface water, damage septic systems, and endanger our most vulnerable family members. Participate in Fulton County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste pollution prevention days or recycle products at a recycling center near you. For more information about which products are considered Household Hazardous Waste, read the Clean Water Campaign’s Household Hazardous Waste brochure.