Public Infrastructure

Posted on: April 21, 2017

Unlawful to Deposit Grass Clippings in City Streets

Grass Clipping Yard Sign

The City is asking residents to keep all grass clippings or other yard waste out of the City streets and alleys.   Please direct your mower away from the street and back onto your property and remove any clippings that may have been accidentally blown in the street.


The City of Manitowoc would like to remind all residents that it is “unlawful” to deposit these materials on to any City street or alley at any time pursuant to Section 7.100(2) of the City of Manitowoc’s Municipal Code.

Proper disposal of your yard debris is a simple yet significant way to help reduce storm water pollution.   When debris enters the storm sewer inlets, it becomes wet and quickly decomposes adding unnecessary nutrients to our storm water system, which ultimately discharges to our streams, river and the lake.  These excessive nutrients reduce the clarity, and the quality of the waters we all enjoy.  Not only does this activity have a degrading effect on our water quality, but also the buildup of grass clippings, sediment, leaves and other debris can cause problems to the storm sewer systems resulting in tax dollars being spent on repairs and cleaning.  This also means increased costs for enforcement of non-compliance with activities such as these.

Stop down at City Hall and pick up your free yard sign to remind your neighbors to keep their grass clippings out of the street.  Place it in your yard to show your support of clean waters and the environment. 

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