I saw a neighbor use a leaf blower to blow leaves into the street, gutter and down the drainage system. Is this an acceptable manner to dispose of leaves?
Patty Ogle, storm water quality technician for the city of Lawrence, says no. According to city ordinance, it is illegal to blow or rake leaves into the street. That's because the leaves find their way to the drainage system, plugging it up and increasing the chances of flooding. It also adds excessive nutrients to streams or rivers where that water runoff flows, Ogle said. Lawrence residents do have options. Every Monday from March to mid-December, the city picks up leaves and yard waste that are put out in trash cans, cartons and compostable yard waste bags. The material is taken to the city's compost facility.