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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City: Yard debris in streets clogging sewers

  • Mowing the lawn is good for grass health, but it could have a negative effect on the sewers.
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  • Mowing the lawn is good for grass health, but it could have a negative effect on the sewers.
    Steve Schmidt, public works director, said people should avoid leaving grass clippings and other yard debris in the street because it could get washed into the sewers.
    If left there, debris can eventually plug sewers.
    Schmidt said the city checks sewers regularly to keep them from clogging, but when people let their clippings wash down the drain, it means more time and expense for the city.
    Schmidt said debris also could get washed to Lakeside and Wall parks, where they decompose and hurt water quality.
    Schmidt said people can help reduce sewer maintenance costs and increase water quality by watching where their clippings go. He said those who mulch yard clippings should take care the clippings don’t accidentally end up in the street.
    “You can’t keep everything out of the street, but I’ve seen places that look more like hay fields,” Schmidt said.
    Schmidt said residents should avoid taking mowers into the street while mulching, as clippings will probably fall out. He also said residents should pay attention to which direction clippings go so they don’t wind up in the street.
    People can bag yard debris and take it to the solid waste transfer station at 1431 17th Ave. or put it in a yard waste cart.
    Yard waste carts cost $24.84 for three months and are picked up every Monday.
    McPherson residents also can  purchase yard waste tags at stores like Dillons and Walmart to mark bags filled with yard debris. Residents who use this option must call McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility before 5 p.m. Friday to be put on Monday’s pickup list.
    Yard debris should not be placed in trash bins or dumpsters.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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