Storm Drain Cleanup



1.) By keeping our stormwater drainage systems in good condition, we can:

* Prevent potholes and poor road surfaces

* Avoid traffic hazards by removing standing water and black ice patches

* Keep septic systems functioning

* Remove insect breeding grounds

* Divert stormwater away from your home

2.) It is the property owner’s responsibility to keep storm inlet grates and driveway culverts clear of debris, trash, and leaves.

3.) The Marion County stormwater drainage system is more than 10,000 miles long, and 4,000 of those miles are the city’s responsibility. Residents or property owners are responsible to maintain the remaining 6,000 miles on private property.


Litter Cleanup


“I believe that litter has come to signify neglect, poverty, and very often even our attitudes towards each other and society. Litter has a negative impact not just on the quality of life of our neighborhoods, but to the environment, our health and safety, and our general well-being. The good news is, it is both preventable and rectifiable. In other words, together, we can fix this issue. Let’s pick up what we can, and report what we can’t.”


1.) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. is a great place to start litter abatement by adopting your entire block. We have adopted ours and we walk it once a week to pick up litter. I highly recommend it! Click on the link below to visit and learn more.


2.) Great Indy Cleanup- is a partnership between Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. and the City of Indianapolis. Dumpsters are available for community cleanups every weekend from April through October and this can be done with social distancing and mask-wearing to keep everyone safe. Click on the link below to visit and learn more.


3.) One of the biggest contributors to litter is garbage coming out from the refuse trucks that were designed and built to handle bagged trash and not loose garbage. According to DPW, we should bag all trash in 10- to 15-gallon garbage bags and place them in your trash cart before pick-up day. Many people are not aware of this requirement. I am looking forward to the Community Affairs Committee to begin working on an awareness campaign to help get the word out on this requirement soon.


4.) If you regularly have more bagged trash than can fit into the 96-gallon trash carts, you can order an additional trash cart for $65 by calling the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327-4622.


5.) For any Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off in District 16, on the Second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. it can be dropped off at the Perry Township Government Center located at 4925 S. Shelby St. For a list of acceptable items please visit the link below.


6.) For those times that you have extra trash, extra bags of leaves, or heavy trash that cannot wait until your heavy trash pickup day, consider using the CITIZENS TRANSFER STATION located right here in District 16! The fee is $2 per carload, or $5 per SUV or pickup truckload (Cash Only). You can make up to two trips per day. Moving trucks, dual axles, trailers, haulers, stake-bed trucks, and truckloads larger than 3/4 ton are not permitted. The transfer center is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 2324 S. Belmont Ave.


7.) Litter Ordinance-For those who really want to get to the nuts and bolts of litter and how the law works here in Indy, click on the link below to find City-County General Ordinance No. 46, 2019, Proposal 255, 2019.


8.) Property Owners are Responsible for litter abatement on Adjacent Public Rights-of-Way. The Department of Business & Neighborhood Services (BNS) issues violations for litter found in the adjacent public rights-of-way. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to maintain your property as well as the adjoining public right-of-way. This includes, but is not limited to sidewalks, alleys, easements, and the curb. Violations should be reported to the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327-4622 or by clicking on the Request Indy link below.