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Preventing Stormwater Pollution: Solid Waste Operations

Employees who work in our solid waste operations can help reduce water pollution by taking precautions in their daily activities:

  • trash collection
  • transfer stations/drop off operations
  • mulching operations


Trash Collection

  • Notify residents of persistent problems with scattered trash.
  • Watch the area around the hopper to avoid leaving litter behind.
  • Pick up any trash that falls from truck during compaction.


Hazardous Waste

DO NOT pick up hazardous wastes (flammables, toxics, explosives) such as:

  • used batteries
  • solvents
  • fuels
  • fluorescent bulbs
  • pool chemicals
  • pesticides/fertilizers
  • fireworks
  • ammunition

Notify residents of household hazardous waste collection/disposal opportunities.


Liquid Waste

  • DO NOT pick up liquid wastes such as:
    • used motor oil
    • paint
    • antifreeze
    • cooling liquids
    • cooking oil


Pollution Prevention Equipment

  • Carry spill kits on trash collection trucks and service vehicles.
  • Kit should include:
    • broom
    • shovel
    • absorbent
    • pop-up pools


Leaks and Spills

  • Check vehicle frequently for leaking fluids and notify supervisor of significant leaks.
  • Locate source of spill and prevent further spillage.
  • If a major spill or leak occurs, contain the spill using absorbents and take steps to stop the leak if possible.
  • Immediately clean up spills to minimize safety hazards and deter spreading.


worker hosing down outside work areas with a big red stop sign placed on top

Vehicle Washing

  • Make certain hopper drain plugs are always sealed during collection.
  • Wash collection trucks only in facilities where wash water drains to the sanitary sewer system or is collected and recycled.


Transfer Stations and Drop-Off Operations

  • Pick up all windblown litter and rubbish.
  • Provide covered storage areas for solid and liquid wastes that will not be taken to the landfill.
  • Dry sweep litter and rubbish periodically, especially during rainy and windy conditions.
  •  Use litter screens such as:
    • chain link fences
    • steel mesh
    • orange construction fencing.


Preventing Runoff

  • DO NOT overfill collection receptacles.
  • DO NOT hose down w ork areas that drain into storm sewers or drainage ways.
  • Conduct facility wash- down activities as directed by  the supervisor.
  • Retain spills and prevent them from entering the environment.


Securing Trash

  • Make sure lids on bins and receptacles are closed, especially during rain events.
  • Notify haulers and citizens on requirements to cover loads during transport.


Mulching Operations

  •  Remove trash and foreign materials from brush prior to grinding.
     Place trash and debris in covered containers.
  •  Use litter screens (fencing) to capture windblown trash.
     Use mulch berms to filter runoff from work area.