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DPW to Observe Christmas, Fri., Dec. 25, New Year’s Day, Fri., Jan. 1

Monday, December 21, 2015
Solid waste, parking enforcement services will be affected on the holidays. Trash and recycling collections will be made Sat., Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Contact: Linda Grant, (202) 671-2375

(WASHINGTON, DC) The Department of Public Works announced today that services will be suspended in observance of Christmas (December 25, 2015) and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016).

Trash and Recycling Collections:  For the weeks starting December 21 and December 28, 2015, DPW will follow its normal schedule for Monday through Thursday trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods.  Friday’s collections will “slide” to Saturday. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s collections will follow the normal schedule, while Friday’s collections will slide to Saturday. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day.

Parking Enforcement: DPW will enforce parking regulations Monday through Thursday, December 21-24 and Monday through Thursday, December 28-31. DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions or tow abandoned vehicles Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1. Normal enforcement will resume at 6 am Saturday, December 26 and 6 am Saturday, January 2. 

On Christmas, Friday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, DPW will NOT enforce streetcar parking restrictions along the H Street/Benning Road, NE corridor. “Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. On Sundays and other holidays enforcement is between 8 am and 11 pm. Enforcement on Mondays-Thursdays is 6 am to midnight; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 am and 2 am.

Normal enforcement of parking violations such as expired meters, residential permit parking and emergency no parking resumes Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2.

Ft. Totten Transfer Station: The Ft. Totten Transfer Station, located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, will be closed Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1. It will reopen Saturday, December 26, 8 am to 3 pm for household hazardous waste/e-cycling drop-off.

Ft. Totten will be open Thursday, December 31, 1 pm to 5 pm for household hazardous waste and e-cycling drop-offs. Monthly, Ft. Totten is open on the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month to receive these items from residents. DPW does not accept personal documents for shredding on Thursdays as there is no way to secure these items until the contractor is in place on the first Saturday.

On Saturday, January 2, residents may bring HHW, e-cycling and their personal documents for shredding, 8 am to 3 pm. Personal document shredding is the first Saturday of the month only (except holidays). For more details about HHW/e-cycling/document shredding go to Household Hazardous Waste, E-cycling, Document Shredding.

Under the residential use requirements for Ft. Totten, vehicles with commercial license tags will not be allowed access. Additionally, trailers; tag-a-long trailers; stake-body trucks; trucks or rental vehicles longer than 14 feet; and vehicles with side boards, and/or ladders/ladder racks will not be allowed access.

Directions to Ft. Totten: Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street.  Directions from additional locations can be found at Ft. Totten Transfer Station

Leaf Collections:  Between December 21 and 26 (except December 25), leaf collections will be made from most “Area D” neighborhoods.  In Ward 5, Area C is scheduled for collections to be made between December 21 and 26, Area D collections will be made between December 28 and January 2 (except January 1), and Area E collections will be made between January 4 and 9.

Live Holiday Tree Collections:  Beginning Saturday, December 26, DPW will collect live holiday trees, wreaths and other greenery. Place these items in the treebox in front of the residence. All ornaments and lights should be removed from the trees and other greenery and the trees should not be put in bags. Trees collected between December 26 through January 8 will be recycled.  After January 8, trees should be placed at the resident’s trash collection site. They will be collected with the trash as space allows in the trash trucks. Unwanted artificial trees and greenery should be put in the trash.

Residents can use DPW’s Website – www.dpw.dc.gov – to view the 2015-2016 leaf collection schedule by selecting Leaf Collection and clicking on “Check Leaf Collection Status in Your Neighborhood” (http://leaf.dcgis.dc.gov/) , enter your address then click on “Search.” DPW is posting photographs showing the status of collections on some streets. Follow the instructions to see the photographs.