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DPW Statement About Sanitation and Parking Services if There is a Government Shutdown

Friday, April 8, 2011

DPW Statement About Sanitation and Parking Services if There is a Government Shutdown

Effect of Government Shutdown on DPW Services

(Washington, DC) “If the government shuts down at midnight, Friday, April 8, the Department of Public Works will not be able to support Helping Hand neighborhood clean-up activities scheduled for Saturday, April 9. Clean-up event organizers will be notified by DPW that the government shutdown will prevent removing trash and debris collected by participants until the government reopens.

“Due to the shutdown, DPW will suspend trash and recycling collections Monday through Wednesday, April 11-13 only. DPW will resume collections on Thursday, following the Thursday collections schedule. Trash and recycling collections normally made on Fridays will be made Saturday, April 16, because of the holiday.

“Other sanitation services, including enforcement and street and alley cleaning, will be suspended through the shutdown and will resume when the government reopens. Parking enforcement, including ticket writing, booting, rush-hour towing and removal of abandoned vehicles will be suspended through the duration of the shutdown. Also, the Blue Plains Impound Lot will be closed; therefore, motorists will not be able to retrieve their vehicles until the government reopens.

“DPW will continue to collect trash from the 4,500 litter cans located at bus stops and along commercial corridors since these are open containers. The Ft. Totten Transfer Station will be open to receive trash from private haulers who are not affected by the shutdown. Additionally, District residents may bring their trash and recyclables to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE) weekdays between 1 pm and 5 pm, and Saturdays 8 am to 3 pm during the government shutdown. The Department will staff its towing dispatch operation to respond to requests from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Effect of Observing Emancipation Day, April 15, on DPW Services, if the Government has Reopened
• Trash and recycling collections normally made on Fridays will be made Saturday, April 16.
• Street sweeping will be suspended Friday and resume Monday, April 18.
• Parking enforcement, including ticket writing for residential parking, expired meters, street sweeping and rush-hour violations will be suspended Friday and resume Monday, April 18.
• Ft. Totten Transfer Station will be open both Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16.