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How Does Litter Affect Our City?

Litter is waste products that have been disposed of improperly in an inappropriate area. It affects the quality of life for Lakeland community in many ways including, not limited to:
  • Entering our stormwater system which eventually ends up polluting our drinking water system and causes more expense in the treatment of our drinking water.
  • Excessive litter decreases the scenic beauty of Lakeland, which, in turn, impacts property value.
  • Degrading the ecosystem by harming animals that get trapped in or ingest waste products.

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What is the City of Lakeland Doing?
The City of Lakeland addresses roadside litter from the minimum control measures set forth in our Stormwater Management Plan. The table below describes in further detail how each measure is being met with best management practices (BMP).

Minimum Control Measure Best Management Practice Activity 
Public Education & Outreach Distributing information about litter through:
  • Lakeland Elementary School
  • Bi-Annual Lakeland Currents article (formerly Citywatch)
  • Stormwater brochures to community and HOAs
Public Involvement & Participation Development of the following programs for litter clean-up:
  • Adopt-A-Street Program
  • Community Clean-Up Day
  • Bi-Annual Neighborhood Cleanup
Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
  1. Annual visits to the following agencies:
    • Chamber of Commerce
    • Local Fire Department
    • HOAs
  2. Storm Sewer System Field Inspections
  3. Adoption of ordinances pertaining to illicit discharges, which is considered a form of litter
Construction Site Runoff Program Communicating with private and public construction sites for the prevention of litter.
  • Twice weekly inspections are conducted on construction sites to ensure trash facilities are at each building site.
Permanent (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management Program
  1. Developing changes to existing ordinance pertaining to pollutant removal to meet TDEC requirements
  2. Annual inspections of privately owned stormwater systems.


Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
  1. Clean out of 20 percent of Lakeland's storm sewer inlets with high debris content each year.
  2. Training of city employees on the need for cleanliness of maintenance yards.
  3. Conduct period litter cleanup on roadways not designated to Republic Services.

         Litter Collected Alongs Lakeland Roads
Calendar Year   Pounds 
2010 3513
2011 3468
2012 5240
2013 Anticipated Year End 5835

What Can You Do?

There are many things you can do as an individual, family, and community to help keep Lakeland free of litter.
1. Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter. Carrying a personal ashtray is a great way to prevent litter.
2. Do not drop any waste into our streets, including liquid chemicals. Any litter that gets into our gutters affects our stormwater.
3. Do not sweep grass clippings and garden wastes into gutters and/or streets. This includes being aware of how you administer your fertilizer, ensuring it does not find its way into our stormwater system. Clippings and sticks that are placed in the yard waste container are recycled.

4. Never pour household chemicals into gutters/inlets. Bring them to the Shelby County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located in Shelby Farms.

5. When washing your car, do it on your lawn to minimize impacts from soap, mud, oil, and grease in our water system.
6. Take a plastic bag or other suitable container to collect those little presents your dog leaves behind when you go for a walk. Pet waste and stormwater info.

Click here for info about the Keep Lakeland Beautiful program,
as well as this info:

Adopt-A-Street Program

Lakeland has implemented a Adopt-A-Street Program to assist in cleaning up roadside litter. Please join us in our efforts to beautify Lakeland! You can get more information about the program by clicking here or call City Hall at 901-867-2717.

Clean Up Days
Twice a year, the City holds Community Clean Up Days. They are usually held the first week of November and the first week of May.

Tennessee Litter Hotline here (scroll down).