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Yard Waste

Leaves on storm drainHow can yard waste cause problems?
In the autumn, the leaves fall from the trees. In the summer, there are grass clippings from mowing the law. In spring, weeding the garden produces a lot of yard waste. In the winter, ice storms bring down tree limbs.

Do you know what to do with this yard waste?
There are many ways to dispose of yard waste but dumping it down storm drains or in creeks is never an option.

When leaves and grass clippings are left to collect in storm drains or piled on stream banks, yard waste can clog the storm water drainage system and cause floods or harm aquatic life. 

Do you have a storm drain near your home? It's important to Maintain your Drain.

Bagged yard waste at the curb

Disposal Tips
  • Use a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful gardening product.
  • Take yard waste to the curb or recycling center for collection.
  • Sweep up yard debris from streets and sidewalks.
  • Blow leaves and grass clippings back into the yard instead of leaving them in the street to wash down the storm drain.

Yard Care Tips

  • Leave the height of the grass long when mowing
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose and re-fertilize the grass

Yard care fact sheet