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Jan 23

Winter Home & Environment guide now available!

Posted on January 23, 2023 at 10:38 AM by Rachel Douglas

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Wintertime is here and 2023 is beginning!

Since it’s cold out and everyone is preparing for snow, it’s important that you know how Environmental Services’ operations may be impacted by winter weather and temperature drops and some tips to combat those affects. Here are some tips to help combat wintertime impacts:


  • Daily wastewater maintenance operations get more difficult in winter just like your morning commute! Snow gets plowed or shoveled on top of manhole covers which makes sewer repairs and maintenance a challenge. As you shovel your driveway and sidewalks, keep those manholes clear of snow and shovel them off so we can maintain and repair the sewer quickly when needed. 


  • City staff receive a lot of citizen reports of improper disposal of leaves this time of year. Remember it is a city code violation to blow, rake, or dump leaves, grass clippings, or other yard waste into the street, ditch, or storm drain. Disposal at the landfill is also prohibited. Mulch-mow leaves or dispose of them at the City recycling center where they will be turned into beneficial compost.

Solid Waste:

  • When conditions are cold, the landfill doesn’t stop operations! This means that our employees have to work in colder and potentially hazardous conditions such as rain, snow, ice, etc. Check the weather before you come to landfill. It’s better to wait a day or two until travel is safer than brave risky conditions on the roads. Landfill staff are not available to help unload, so bundle up and prepare to dispose of your solid waste in cold temperatures.

 If you want to learn more about these and more winter topics and tips, check out the latest issue of Springfield Neighborhood News at


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ES Staff