Drainage ditches help controlling the flow direction of stormwater and preventing flooding. There are three types of drainage ditches: open ditches, concrete ditches and culverts.  Drainage ditches are maintained as and when necessary to provide optimum water flow.  Ditch cleaning includes cleaning and reshaping of ditches such as loading, hauling, and disposing of excess materials usually by excavation or the removal of overgrown vegetation.  Such cleanings and maintenance generate huge quantity of solid wastes in every city and county across the state of Florida.  However, there are concerns about the presence of heavy metals and organic contaminants in the ditch cleaning wastes.

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