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Posted on: October 3, 2019

Storm Drains are for Rain!

close up of an old metal rake being pulled through long green grass, catching a handful of leaves

Anything you put in a storm drain goes directly into local waterways. Prevent pollution with these tips:


  • Blow grass clippings from mowing back to grassy areas.
  • Vacuum or rake clippings and place in paper lawn bag for proper disposal.


  • Mulch leaves with lawn mower and leave them on the lawn to help fertilize the soil.
  • Vacuum or rake leaves and place in paper lawn bags for disposal on your trash collection day.


  • Never pour fertilizer, pesticides, paint or other chemicals down storm drains!
  • Allen homeowners can request free disposal of household chemicals by calling 214.509.3100 or scheduling online.

It violates City ordinance to put anything into a storm drain. Violators can be fined. Report violations to 214.509.4512.

Learn how Allen protects local rivers and streams.
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