Yard Waste Deposited in Streets
As we come the end of the mowing season; the City of Fulton would like to remind all citizens not to put grass or clippings or leaves on the street. Not only is it unattractive, it is against City ordinances to deposit grass clippings or yard waste on City streets. Ordinance § 40-64 states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to place, throw, sweep or otherwise deposit any refuse or waste material of any kind on any street, gutter, sidewalk or sewer right-of-way in the city.”
Potential hazards include clogging up stormwater sewer systems. Grass clippings that go down storm drains, can collect into a large pile. This prohibits the free flow of rainwater through, causing the system to back-up and flooding the streets. Also, clippings that carry fertilizers and pesticides, carry these chemicals into the creeks and streams, and pose issues for wildlife and promote the growth of algae, which can be harmful to people using the creeks and streams.
More importantly, grass clippings in the street can create hazards for motorcyclists and bicyclists. Studies suggest that grass and clippings can be up to 85% water, making for very slick surfaces. The National Transportation and Safety Association estimate that 20% of motorcycle accidents are caused by grass clippings upon the roadways.
Again, the City would like to remind everyone to take part in keep our town clean and safe for all residents and visitors.