When it rains, stormwater picks up trash, chemicals, and materials from landscaping services. Stormwater enters into our drainage system untreated eventually leading to our lakes, rivers, creeks and streams.
This Fact Sheet provides Best Management Practices (BMPs) that are recommended for landscaping businesses. Yard chemicals that travel down storm drains can cause algae blooms and poison aquatic life. Yard waste that travels down the storm drains can clog the system causing flooding.
Use safer, more organic products that are biodegradable
Always read the label and follow the directions for proper use
Store yard chemicals indoors or in a shed or storage cabinet
Use chemicals sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks and gutters
Never dispose of unused pesticides & fertilizers in the trash. Residents can dispose of unused pesticides and fertilizers at the City of Temple Hazardous Household Waste disposal event held every year on the second Saturday of October.