Litter and Stormwater Management
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 the 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.
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 describes in further detail how each measure is being met with best management practices (BMP).
|Minimum Control Measure||Best Management Practice Activity|
|Public Education and Outreach||Distributing information about litter through:|
|Public Involvement and Participation||Development of the following programs for litter clean-up:|
|Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination|
|Construction Site Runoff Program||Communicating with private and public construction sites for the prevention of litter.|
|Permanent (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management Program|
|Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping|
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 another suitable container to collect those little presents your dog leaves behind when you go for a walk. Pet waste and stormwater info.
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 viewing the Adopt-A-Street Program page or calling City Hall at 901-867-2717.
Twice a year, the City holds Community Clean-Up Days. They are usually held in the first week of November and the first week of May.
Tennessee Litter Hotline
Take a look at the Adopt-A-Street, Litter Control page for more information.