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Ohio's environment is rich, varied, and important. Ohio's state agencies work hard to protect our environment and give residents the tools to live healthy and safe lives. Learn how you can do your part.

  • Am I required to have my vehicle’s emissions tested?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/vehicle-emissions-testing
  • Am I required to have my vehicle’s emissions tested?

    Most vehicle owners in Ohio do not have to have their vehicles' emissions tested. However, owners in seven northeast Ohio counties around Cleveland are required to have their vehicle emissions checked every two years under the state’s E-Check program.

  • How can I dispose of household hazardous materials, such as paint, oil, batteries, etc.?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/get-rid-of-paint-oil-batteries-or-other-hazardous-materials
  • How can I dispose of household hazardous materials, such as paint, oil, batteries, etc.?

    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has information and resources for safely and responsibly disposing of or recycling a range of hazardous household items.

  • How do I check current air quality?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/how-do-i-check-current-air-quality
  • How do I check current air quality?

    Learn about air quality monitoring and access a national air quality monitoring map from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

  • How do I find out if there's an advisory for my drinking water?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/how-do-i-find-out-if-theres-an-advisory-for-my-drinking-water
  • How do I find out if there's an advisory for my drinking water?

    When public water systems detect contaminants in the drinking water, the public is notified via various methods. You can search current drinking water advisories courtesy of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Is algae in lakes, streams, and rivers dangerous?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/algae-advisories
  • Is algae in lakes, streams, and rivers dangerous?

    Most algae in Ohio waterways are not harmful. However, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency continuously monitors Ohio’s waterways for harmful algal blooms, takes reports, and publishes advisories in the Ohio Department of Health’s BeachGuard website.

  • Where can I recycle?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/where-can-i-recycle
  • Where can I recycle?

    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency provides information about recycling.

  • Where can I report potential environmental hazards?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/environment/report-environmental-hazard
  • Where can I report potential environmental hazards?

    You can report environmental complaints, such as issue with air quality, water quality, dumping, drinking water, hazardous waste and more, to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

    In the event of an emergency, such as a chemical spill, fire, explosion, etc., that poses an immediate threat to public health or the environment, contact the EPA’s Spill Hotline at 1-800-282-9378.

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