KEEP WHITE SETTLEMENT BEAUTIFUL
We take seriously our responsibility as a City and as individuals to look after our environment. We believe that to Keep White Settlement Beautiful is to get involved. To volunteer, to educate ourselves and each other, and to be an active participant in making this the hometown community that we all love.
It has been observed that both homeowners and landscape maintenance companies often dispose of yard waste, such as grass clippings and fallen tree leaves, by sweeping or blowing them onto the street or down the storm drain. This practice has significant negative consequences. When it rains, the yard waste present in streets, sidewalks, or driveways gets washed into nearby storm drains, ultimately reaching local bodies of water without receiving any form of treatment or cleaning.
Although grass clippings, tree leaves, and other yard waste are natural materials, they contribute to the pollution of our local waterways. As yard waste decomposes in creeks, streams, rivers, or lakes, it depletes the oxygen content in the water. The aquatic life, such as fish, heavily relies on oxygen for survival. If the oxygen levels drop too low, it becomes impossible for fish and other aquatic organisms to survive.
By washing or dumping grass clippings and tree leaves into storm drains, there is a risk of clogging them. Consequently, the water that would normally flow down the storm drain during rainfall or yard irrigation runoff will be obstructed by the yard waste. This obstruction can lead to flooding.
Furthermore, it is important to note that in certain cities, the act of blowing or sweeping yard waste onto streets, sidewalks, driveways, or storm drains is considered illegal. Violating this law may result in receiving a ticket. Communities are now more vigilant than ever in identifying and penalizing offenders, so it is crucial to handle yard waste properly.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, it is important to be mindful of the impact of unhealthy eating choices as well as the potential damage it can cause to our pipes and sewer systems. When fats, oils, and grease are improperly disposed of by being washed down the drain, they accumulate within the pipes, resulting in blockages and backups. This not only leads to sewage overflow into residential areas, streets, and local water bodies, but also results in significant expenses and inconvenience for both individuals and municipalities when repairs are necessary.
To prevent such issues, we encourage you to participate in the Holiday Grease Roundup, where you can recycle your grease at no cost. The 2022 Holiday Grease Roundup will commence on Monday, November 14 and conclude on Monday, January 9
The recycling of rubber tires eliminates the improper disposal of millions of scrap tires in landfills, illegal areas, and environmentally sensitive places. Instead, over 90 percent of these tires are recycled and reused each year.
Moreover, recycling is an efficient method to conserve energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. To illustrate, recycling just four tires can reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 323 pounds, which is equivalent to saving 18 gallons of gasoline.
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. You should call 811 or use your state 811 center’s website a few business days before you begin any digging, including common projects like planting trees and shrubs or installing fences and mailboxes. The specific amount of advance notice that you are required to provide varies by state.