City urges residents to keep grass clippings out of street

The City of Columbus is asking for your help keeping grass clippings out of the street.

The city public works department reports that the grass clippings, leaves and other debris that are left in the street flow into the storm sewer grates when it rains. And the materials often clump up, causing flooding or ponding water in the street.

Even if the grass makes it down the drain, the grass, fertilizer and other materials will contaminate creeks and rivers.

Instead, you can collect your clippings and they will be picked up as yard waste. Or you can save them to use as compost on a garden.

You can look for more information on the city’s Web site.