Practical Ways to Reduce Sludge in a Neighborhood

Sludge is a combination of many solids, and these solids typically generate in waste water. When sludge builds up in a sewer system, water pressure problems and other plumbing issues affect homes and businesses that are connected to the contaminated sewer system. Although the process of reducing sludge seems challenging, everyone in a local neighborhood can dramatically decrease sludge by disposing several key items properly.


Metal products should always be recycled because they don’t degrade dramatically over time. On average, one metal slab or sheet can be recycled multiple times before its general structural qualities decreases. In most neighborhoods, there are many stores that sell materials that can be recycled. The most common metals that recycling crews will recycle are

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Steel
  • Aluminum

Pesticides are made with a variety of chemicals that can pollute the environment. As a result, when pesticides are no longer needed, the bags should be disposed quickly before the chemicals begin to pollute the air or a water supply. The process of implementing proper procedures to dispose a bag of pesticides is simple as all pesticide manufacturers include detailed disposal instructions on every product label.


Detergent bottles always have some soap residue that can leak into soil when trash is transported to a landfill. If every consumer rinses out empty detergent bottles before tossing them into the trash, less chemicals will pollute the ground when flooding happens in a landfill.

Since detergent bottles are made of plastic, they can be recycled. Filled bottles of detergent can be recycled as well. The liquid in full bottles and partially filled bottles of detergent should be dumped down a drain with water before the containers are transported to a recycling center.

Besides these methods, there are many other ways to reduce sludge in a sewer system. For example, most environmental groups work with businesses that provide sludge dewatering services.