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DPW To Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sanitation and parking enforcement services will be suspended. All services resume Tuesday, January 20.

Contact: Linda Grant, 202-671-2375

(Washington, DC) The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today how services will be affected Monday, January 19 when the District observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Trash and recycling collections, street and alley cleaning, bulk trash and recycling drop-off, and parking enforcement will be suspended. All services will resume Tuesday, January 20.

Trash/recycling collections: Trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week. In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.

Parking Enforcement: DPW will suspend enforcement of expired meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions. Also, booting and abandoned vehicle removal will be suspended. Full enforcement resumes January 20.

“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. On Sundays and holidays enforcement is between 8 am and 10 pm. Enforcement on Mondays-Thursdays is 6 am to 11 am; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 am and 1 am.

Ft. Totten: The Ft. Totten Transfer Station, located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, will be closed. Residents may resume bringing bulk trash and recyclables on Tuesday, January 20, between 1 pm and 5 pm.

The next Saturday household hazardous waste/e-cycling/document shredding drop-off day is February 7, 8 am to 3 pm, (these services are available the first Saturday of the month, except holidays). To accommodate residents whose religious beliefs prohibit them from using the Saturday drop-off, DPW is accepting only household hazardous waste and e-cyclables the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month (February 5, from 1 pm to 5 pm). DPW will not accept personal documents for shredding on Thursdays as there is no way to secure these items until the contractor arrives on Saturday.

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

Holiday Tree and Greenery Collections:  Due to winter weather, leaf and holiday tree collections were suspended because these crews are the backbone of the District Snow Team. DPW resumed these collections Tuesday, January 13. Residents disposing of holiday trees and other greenery should strip them of all ornaments and tinsel, and place the trees and greenery where DPW collects their trash and recycling. The trees and greenery will be collected through January 24. REMINDER: DPW collects trees from single family households and residential buildings with three or fewer living units. Residents who live in apartment buildings with four or more units should have their trash/recycling hauler collect their trees.

To ask questions about these services, please call 311 or go to