Yard Waste

Yard WasteDid You Know?

More than 73 different kinds of pesticides have been found in the groundwater we eventually drink.

Why You Should Be Concerned

Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens can cause plant overgrowth that clogs waterways, blocks sunlight and reduces oxygen available to fish and other aquatic life.

Yard clippings and leaves can increase organic loads to streams and can clog storm drains, preventing the passage of stormwater through a curb inlet or grated drain.

 What You Can Do

  • Never blow yard waste (clippings, leaves, fertilizers, etc.) into the streets, sidewalks and driveways or dump into storm inlets, drains or creek banks.
  • Sweep up and reuse granular lawn care products such as fertilizers that fall on the streets, sidewalks and driveways to prevent it from being washed into the storm drain system.
  • Use fertilizers and pesticides as directed on the product label and dispose of empty containers properly.
  • Dispose of yard waste by:
    • Mulching lawn clippings and leaves into the lawn as fertilizer
    • Bagging your grass clippings, leaves and other lawn trimmings in biodegradable paper lawn bags and setting next to your trash carts for pick up on your trash day
    • Raking yard waste into paper bags and dropping them off for composting at the City of McKinney recycling site listed below:
    • The City of McKinney offers yard waste recycling pick up and Waste Connections offers bulky item collection
  • Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains to avoid excess water runoff.
  • Cover soil piles with tarps and replant bare areas to stop erosion.
  • When upgrading your lawn, incorporate native landscaping to help conserve water.

Report stormwater pollution or dumping of pollutants into stormwater drains by calling 972-547-7350.