Proper Leaf Disposal 

Lafayette: Place leaves in a pile by the curb or in paper bags. Leaves will be picked up on your regular trash day or the following day. Please keep leaf piles free of sticks and trash. Do not place leave in ditches, under vehicles or park vehicles too close to leaves. Do not place leaves in plastic bags. For further information on Lafayette leaf collection and other yard waste guidelines and pickup schedule click here.

West Lafayette residence: Rake leaves into a pile 12 inches away from the curb in a windrow. Please keep catch basins free of leaves. Have leaves raked out by Monday of your scheduled collection week.Please keep leaf piles free of sticks and trash. For a complete list of regulations and schedule click here

Battle Ground: Place leaves in a pile near the curb. Leaves will be picked up on an as needed basis. Please keep leaf piles free of sticks and trash. Leaves and other lawn debris can be taken to the town compost center. Follow the link for more details. 

Dayton: Place leaves in paper bag and set out with trash. Leaves with be picked up with the trash on the regularly scheduled trash day. 

Tippecanoe County: Leaves and yard debris can be brought into the Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District located at 2770 N 9th Street Lafayette for compost. Compost fees are $19.50 a truck load and $2.00 a bag.  

Information for Neighborhoods & Homeowners

This section is intended to help you, as a homeowner, become aware of measures that you can take to help protect the quality of stormwater leaving your property.  Even a small amount of impervious area (i.e., rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, etc.) can have an impact on the quality of runoff leaving a residential property.  The runoff eventually makes its way into storm sewers, detention basins, ditches, streams, and rivers - all th while picking up pollutants as it flows.

Because the stormwater is no longer able to be absorbed back into the natural ground, the quantity of water entering a stream arrives at a faster rate, increasing the burden on municipal and county storm systems.  Illicit discharges and illegal connections to municipal storm drains or county regulated drains can also have a negative impact. Per federal laws, local government entities are required to discover illicit discharges and take teh appropriate action to have them rectified.  If you are aware of illegal connection or illicit discharges in your area, please notify the appropriate personnel to have them fixed before large problems arise.

"Blue is the new Green" - completed in 2015, this 10 minute video reviews the Do's and Don'ts of basic stormwater pollution prevention practices that should be implemented by everyone in their home, in their yard, and when they are out and about.

Below are some ideas on how you, as a homeowner, can take steps in improving water quality.

Maintain your septic system - If you are planning on repairing a septic system, please seek help from the Tippecanoe County Board of Health.  

Household Hazardous Waste Diposal - Don't dump your paint in the sewer! Tippecanoe County has facilities where household waste can be properly disposed.  Contact information fort these facilities can be found on, as well as an A-Z guide of house hold waste and instruction of proper disposal.

Install a Rain Garden - Rain gardens can be a rather inexpensive solution to reducing the quantity of runoff leaving a property as well as reducing the amount of pollution.  Visit to explore the use of a rain garden and find links to local resources which will aid in your rain garden project.

Install a Rain Barrel - Rain barrels provide the homeowner a method of harvesting rain water for use during dry months.  Visit and explore the benefits of rain water harvesting as well as information of how to obtain a rain barrel and how to install one.  The Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District can also assist in providing materials for rain barrel construction.

Pick up after your Pet - A quick and simple method of decreasing pollutants in runoff.  Pick up your pet's poo!  The Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare summarizes health risks and pollution issues than can result from pet waste that is left unattended.

Washing your car - Washing your car in your driveway will most likely pollute the stormwater system from the soapy runoff.  Quick and easy ways to minimize pollution from car washing is to wash your car on you lawn and us a phosphorous-free soap. Washing your car on your lawn will allow the water to soak into the ground and filter out pollutants and using phosphorous-free soap helps decrease the amount of nutrients entering our waterways. 

Composting - Composting is a wonderful way to reduce the amount of waste sent to the local landfill.  Visit for step by step instructions on creating a compost pile as well as facts and trouble shooting ideas for common compost issues. 

Fertilizing Your Lawn - Remember that when you fertilize your lawn, you are allowing some of the chemicals to flow in to the stormwater system.

Fix Leaky Vehicle - Don't let automobile fluids leak from your vehicle...those fluids are ending up in our streams and rivers.