Extra paint, half used cleaners, and other hazardous chemicals are often items that people don't know how to get rid of.
Businesses often have the same problem...but unlike homeowners they face requirements regarding hazardous disposal.
In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson explores options that businesses can use to clean and green their shops.
Throwing away hazardous chemicals could poison our environment.
That's why the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District has taken its "clean shop" campaign on the road.
The program educates businesses on how to safely and legally dispose of hazardous waste.
"The Clean Shop Program is a program run by Western Lake Superior Sanitary District to help businesses that produce small amounts of hazardous waste, dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner, to comply with the state and federal regulations for how they should be handled", said Sarah Lerohl with WLSSD.
Businesses can qualify for the WLSSD program if they produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste a month.
The Duluth Public School District has been among the program's participants for the last seven years.
"From the school district we have it from out of the classroom, we have it from our art department, we have it from our sciences, and basically it's left over chemicals," said Curt Conrad with Duluth Public Schools.
It's a win/win situation, with the district getting rid of hazardous waste and the environment being protected.
"Proper disposal of our hazardous waste is very important to us. We can keep it out of our waterways, keep it out of the environment if at all possible and to make sure that the waste is recycled", said Conrad.
For your Green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson.