Dos and Don’ts

In the Garden



  • sweep the gutters and driveways regularly and place the sweepings on the garden, compost or in the bin
  • don’t hose dirt off hard surfaces (roads, paths, driveways) into gutters
  • prevent soil or mulch from being washed or blown off the garden
  • don’t  hose leaves and grass clippings into gutters
  • rake up leaves or lawn clippings and use them as mulch on the garden or place them in the compost
  • don’t  pile sand and soil on areas where it can wash into the stormwater system
  • grass or re-plant areas of disturbed soil
  • don’t  overuse chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) that could be washed into stormwater from the garden or yard
  • consider natural alternatives to pest control chemicals
  • don’t  use too much fertilizer

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In the Street



  • pick up litter in the park or on the street
  • don’t  drop packaging or cigarette butts on the ground
  • clean up pet droppings and dispose of them in the garden, rubbish bins, or in the toilet.
  • don’t  leave rubbish where bins are already full

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With the Car



  • maintain the car, making sure there are no leaks and that fuel is burnt ‘cleanly’ by keeping your car tuned
  • don’t  work on your car (including oil changing) in a place where oil and grease may wash into gutters
  • use the minimum amount of detergent for cleaning outside, and wash your car on the grass or on gravel. A better option is to take your car to a car wash, where the water is recycled.
  • don’t  wash the car in the street using detergent

Wash your car on the grass or on gravel




  • wash brushes and rollers over a sand filter on the lawn
  • don’t  wash out cement mixers or barrows so that the waste flows into street drain
  • keep paint, tarps and solvents clear of gutters or drain
  • don’t  hose sand, gravel or cement into the gutter
  • reuse tarps once the paint has settled
  • don’t  leave piles of sand or gravel uncovered where it could wash or blow into the gutter
  • allow unused paint to dry out and then put it in the bin


Keep paint, turps and solvents clear of gutters

Contact Us

Public Works

Henrico Department of Public Works
4305 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-4393

[email protected]

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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