It's the time of year when sand isn't just found on Northland beaches. Anyone out for a walk or run outside sees sand on many area sidewalks and in our yards.

Of course, that is what spring cleaning is for, and as both residents and the City of Duluth begin their spring clean-up, all that sand needs to be properly disposed of so we can keep our streams clean, our ecosystems healthy, and our water safe.

The City says it collects road sand from the streets as quickly as possible, with its street sweepers collecting an average of 6,000 tons of road sand from city streets annually. Due to the vast amount of sand and other things, any additional clean-up help from residents is greatly appreciated.

Picking up the sand and salt left in the boulevards, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters helps keep our area streams clean and our water quality high. Residents are asked to refrain from sweeping or raking road sand or other materials into the street or ditches.

To help, Duluth has several collection sites that serve as a convenient place to dispose of road sand, salt, and other by-products of winter maintenance. In the past, Duluthians have averaged a whopping 15 tons annually of road sand dropped off at collection sites.

Duluth Road Sand Collection Site Locations

Large roll-off dumpsters labeled “Road Sand Collection Site” are placed in five disposal locations throughout the city. The five disposal locations are:

  • Wheeler Field
  • Piedmont Community Center
  • Duluth Heights Community Center
  • Chester Park
  • Portman Park

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The disposal dumpsters are available now through Friday, May 10. These sites are also monitored for illegal dumping. Please dispose of any brush and yard waste at the WLSSD yard waste site.

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"Adopt A Storm Drain"

The City says residents can also “Adopt a Storm Drain” near them and report on their clean-up activities. Participants get to name their storm drain and receive a welcome packet with a small yard sign showing their participation.

Residents can sign up to Adopt-a-Drain through the button above.

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