Newnan asks help keeping leaves out of drains
by Celia Shortt
Newnan city officials are reminding citizens of the correct procedure for disposing of leaves and yard debris, and asking for residents' help keeping leaves from clogging storm drains.
For Newnan neighborhoods, pickup for both leaves and yard debris is on the same day as scheduled garbage pickup by contracted city sanitation provider Waste Industries. Residents needing to dispose of leaves and/or limbs should place them in separate piles - and 20 feet away from their trash.
Leaves are collected via a vacuum-equipped truck, so they don't have to be bagged. However, if residents want to bag their leaves, they may do so, said Sanitation Supervisor Bryan Anderson, but they need to make sure the bags of leaves are 20 feet away from their trash can so it does not look like overflow garbage.
Piling or bagging leaves and grass clippings helps prevent storm drains from becoming clogged and flooding, plus it minimizes harm to aquatic and biological life.
'Leaves, grass, and small sticks that can make their way into a drain can cause havoc,' said Anderson. 'The pipes are a certain size for the reason of water outlet by gallons per minute. When you put a mass in the way it starts to reduce this number, and this will cause overflow and flooding.'
'The more we can keep out of the drains, the better off we are,' he added.
These practices allow the city of Newnan to provide quicker and more efficient service in picking up and disposing leaves and yard debris, he said.
Residents should also be aware:
• Any contractors on properties are responsible for their work and must remove any debris they create themselves. When contractors cut, trim and rake leaves, this yard debris becomes theirs and cannot be put out on curb for pickup. This debris needs to be hauled away by the contractor, officials said.
• In regards to pruning, tree and brush removal, and planting, be careful when working near a creek, city officials remind. Only hand-cut small underbrush, and minimize tree pruning. Trees and bushes help moderate the temperature of the water; filter pesticides, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment; and help prevent bank erosion. State and local ordinances prohibit clearing of buffers without a permit.
• To report any illegal dumping, residents may call the City of Newnan Environmental Hotline at 770-253-1823 or 770-2542362 ext. 220.
Citizens may also log onto Seeclickfix.com/Newnan to report issues from mobile phones.