SALT LAKE CITY — The Department of Public Utilities and Department of Sustainability are urging residents to assist stormwater management crews by doing a final seasonal yard cleanup to keep excess leaves from clogging gutters.
Raking leaves now, and either disposing of them in city-issued compost bins or mulching them keeps storm drains clear when the first winter storm hits.
“Worst case scenario is drains clog, street corners plug up and intersections flood,” Kelly Brown, stormwater maintenance manager, said in a statement. “That can cause traffic accidents. We don’t want that.”
Stormwater crews have been working for weeks sweeping and gathering leaves from gutters and monitoring and cleaning the citywide drain system.Comment on this story
“We are asking residents to put leaves, without bagging them, in the city-issued brown compost bins for weekly pickup,” Lance Allen, waste and recycling director for the Department of Sustainability, said in the statement. “Putting leaves, organic yard waste — and your fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen — in the brown bin is also good for our environment because it keeps them out of the landfill. Finally, we’d like to remind residents that plastic bags filled with leaves left at curbside will not be collected.”