Steps to Reduce Illicit Discharges

An illicit discharge is anything which causes or contributes to pollution. Pollutants may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hazardous substances and wastes
  • Nonhazardous liquid and solid wastes
  • Noxious or offensive matter of any kind
  • Oil and other automotive fluids
  • Paints
  • Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
  • Refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter and floatables
  • Sewage and animal wastes
  • Varnishes and solvents
  • Wastes and residues that result from constructing a building or structure
  • Yard wastes

There are several steps you can take to reduce discharges:

  • Take used oil to a recycle center or a fast Oil-Change business
  • Wash your car on the grass
  • Revegetate bare or eroding areas
  • Return old paint to the store where you purchased it
  • Secure your paper trash when placed on the street
  • Take all old chemicals to the Opelika Recycle Center
  • Do not pour fats, oils, and grease into your sink or sewer
  • Do not over fertilize your lawn
  • Pump your septic tank every 4 years
  • Report any hazardous spills immediately

Report an Issue

For more information or questions, call 334-705-5454.