DPW works to clean streets and alleys from the first Monday in April through September 30th. Alley cleaning is suspended from October 1st through March 31st. Alley Cleaning Services include cleaning up loose litter, debris, glass, gravel, sand and liquid spills in the alley. It includes manual cleaning and mechanical sweeping, when applicable.
How You Can Help
- Pick up the litter and trash in your alley and around your property, rather than sweeping these items into the gutter to eventually end up in one of the District’s rivers.
- Per District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 21-702 - REMOVAL OF REFUSE FROM PUBLIC SPACE ADJACENT TO PRIVATE PROPERTY
Except as provided in §702.2, each owner, tenant, or lessee (or the agent of that person) who has control of or occupies any building, lot, or land within the District shall maintain in clean condition the public space from the property line of that building, lot, or land and extending eighteen inches (18 in.) from the curb line (or the lateral lines of the roadway) into the abutting roadway.
702.2 Each owner, tenant, or lessee (or the agent of that person) who has control of or occupies any building that contains three (3) or fewer dwelling units within the District shall maintain in clean condition the public space between the curb line (or lateral lines of the roadway) and the property line of that building.
Use the street litter and recycling cans as you walk along the District’s commercial streets. The litter cans are for pedestrian trash only, not household trash.
Overnight scheduled sweeping of the District’s major roadways occurs year-round, weather permitting. Motorists are urged to obey the signs when parking in these areas during the posted overnight sweeping hours.
To obtain street and alley cleaning services, call 311 and/or enter a request directly into the system via “Street Cleaning” or “Alley Cleaning”.
- For bulk pick-up (mattresses, furniture, etc.) please schedule this service through the "Residential Bulk Pick-up" request. Services to remove overgrowth of grass and weeds in the alley, require a "Grass and Weeds Mowing" request.