What's on the ground is in our water, so it's important for everyone to do their part to protect local streams. Picking up pet waste and litter are quick and easy ways to keep stormwater pollution from reaching storm drains and creeks.
Pick up pet waste
When pet waste is left on lawns, trails or sidewalks, rain washes it into the city’s storm drains that lead straight to our local streams. Pet waste can harm water quality:
- Decomposing pet waste uses up oxygen that fish and plants need.
- Pet waste encourages algae to grow in streams.
- Pet waste contains bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to people and animal.
What can I do to help?
- Always pick up your pet’s waste.
- Carry a plastic bag when walking your pet so that you can dispose of pet waste properly. Some parks have pet waste stations with bags and trash cans that you can use.
- Pet waste should be bagged and put in the green trash cart, not the blue recycling cart or the gray yard waste cart.
- DO NOT use pet waste as a garden fertilizer.
Pick up litter
Litter clogs our storm drains and is harmful to wildlife that live in our local creeks. But you can help!
- If you see litter, pick it up.
- Be aware of "unintentional littering." Items in truck beds will fall out when driving, so don't leave unbagged trash there. Check around you when you pull your mask or keys out of your pocket to make sure you didn't drop that candy wrapper you forgot about.
- Schedule a litter cleanup in your neighborhood through Keep Lexington Beautiful.