Did you know that when it rains it pollutes? It all starts in your neighborhood.
Every time it rains, water runs off the land as stormwater. As it flows over rooftops, lawns, driveways and streets, stormwater picks up pollutants and debris such as dirt, motor oil, fertilizer, litter and pet waste. All of these pollutants care carried by stormwater into storm drains and drainage ditches, which flow untreated into our rivers, lakes, and streams. Stormwater pollution is the biggest threat to our waterways. It harms our ability to use our rivers and lakes for swimming and fishing, makes treating our drinking water more difficult and negatively impacts the environment.

Top Ten Things You Can do to be a "Solution to Stormwater Pollution"

  • Never dump anything down a storm drain or into a drainage ditch
  • Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids
  • Throw litter in its place
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them
  • Reduce the amount of household hazardous waste generated at home
  • Compost yard clippings
  • Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed (read the label!)
  • If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn rather than the pavement
  • Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved in your community

Do You Service Your Car?
32% of Georgians service their own cars. This creates a lot of automotive waste such as oil, transmission fluid and oil filters. But where does all this waste go? Unfortunately, these wastes are not always handled the right way. They can end upon the ground or in storm drains, which lead to our waterways. So what is the right way to reduce, reuse, recycle or properly dispose of automotive wastes such as:

  • Antifreeze
  • Motor Oil
  • Batteries
  • Oil Filters
  • Brake Fluid
  • Solvents
  • Gasoline
  • Transmission Fluid

For general waste handling information and a list of recycling/disposal locations near you call Duluth City Hall at 770.476.3434 or Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful at 770.822.5187 or look for the “Auto Products” category on the “Where can I recycle…” drop down menu box on the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful web site at

Also, residents can drop-off a number of household items for disposal at the Duluth Public Works Facility located at 2450 Main Street, including the following:  bulk items, cardboard, lawnmowers, appliances, grills, old/broken furniture, old clothing, broken electronics (TV's, VCR's, stereo/computer equipment, etc.), vehicle parts and fluids (motor oil, batteries, antifreeze), old children's toys, tree limbs, grass clippings, and leaves.

And remember…the drain is just for rain! 

For more information, please contact the
Duluth Stormwater Department at 770.497.5311.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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