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Leaf/Grass Clippings Blowing into the Street
Proper yard waste removal is not just a good idea, IT’S THE LAW. City of Orlando Stormwater Code (Section 31.19) states: It is prohibited to discharge any polluting matter into the streets and/or storm systems. Violators may be subject to a civil penalty, a citation, pollution abatement costs, and/or action by the City of Orlando Code Board.
NEVER leave grass clippings on the streets, sidewalk, or any paved area. And NEVER dump grass clippings into a lake or storm drain. Grass clippings clog stormlines, which leads to flooded streets during rain events. Grass clippings can also end up in local lakes, causing algae blooms and fish kills.
Aim your mower chute AWAY from paved areas. Use leaf blowers to blow grass clippings INTO the yard – NOT into the streets.
Lawn clippings are a great natural fertilizer. Leave them on your grass to recycle the nutrients contained in the clippings as they biodegrade. Compost excess grass clippings or use them as mulch in your garden. If you must remove your grass clippings after mowing, please bag them and dispose of them on yard waste collection days.
For more information, please visit the City of Orlando's site "Bag it, don't Blow it" here.