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Weekly Residential Street Sweeping Ends Fri., Oct. 30; Leaf Season Collection Season Begins Mon., Nov. 2

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
DPW staff transitions from street cleaning to collecting leaves. 2015-2016 leaf schedule features two, one-week collection cycles.

Contact: Linda Grant, 202-671-2375

(Washington, DC)  The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) made several announcements today about its services.

Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, October 30
Weekly residential mechanical street cleaning will end for the season Friday, October 30, 2015. “No Parking/Street Cleaning” restrictions will be lifted and motorists may park on posted, alternate-side, daytime sweeping routes without moving their cars on street-cleaning days.  All other parking restrictions will remain in effect.  Residential street sweeping will resume Tuesday, March 1, 2016, weather permitting.

Residential street sweeping is suspended for public safety concerns and to allow DPW employees to transition to leaf collection duties, which start November 2.  The sweepers release a fine spray of water to control dust as they sweep. When the temperature is at freezing or below, the spray can freeze and cause hazards for vehicles and pedestrians.

Overnight sweeping along the District’s major roadways, e.g., Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution, and Independence Avenues, will continue all winter, as weather permits. Motorists should obey the street sweeping signs posted along these and other streets where sweeping occurs.

2015-2016 Leaf Collection Season Begins Monday, November 2
Leaf collection season runs from November 2, 2015 through January 9, 2016. This season, DPW will follow a one-week, rather than two-week, collection schedule to reduce the time between when you rake/bag your leaves and when DPW collects them. DPW will make two one-week passes in each neighborhood between November 2 and January 9. Residents are asked to rake their leaves into the treebox near their home or place bagged leaves (paper bags, please) in the treebox. Residents also may place bagged leaves where their trash/recycling are collected. Loose and bagged leaves placed in treeboxes will be composted. Bagged leaves placed where trash and recycling are collected also will be composted.

Leaves will be removed from neighborhoods at least twice, following the schedule that can be found at Find the Leaf Collection Schedule for Your Neighborhood on the DPW Website, www.dpw.dc.gov. Residents who receive DPW trash and recycling collection services will receive a copy of the leaf collection schedule in the mail or go to Leaf Collection Brochure.

Please note carefully when DPW will be in your neighborhood and have your leaves ready for collection by the Sunday of each of your collection weeks.

Residents should note that the same crews that collect leaves also remove snow, so leaf collection may be interrupted for snow removal duties.

During the last two weeks of leaf collection season (December 26-January 8), DPW will collect holiday trees and other greenery from residents whose trash is collected by DPW.  Trees and greenery should be placed where the resident’s trash is collected. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not put the tree(s) and greenery in a bag. Trees and greenery collected during these two weeks will be composted.

Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Document Shredding at Ft. Totten
DPW will accept District residents’ household hazardous waste and e-cyclables Thursday, November 5, 1 pm-5 pm,  at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE.* On Saturday, November 7, 8 am-3 pm, DPW also will accept District residents’ HHW and e-cyclables, and provide document shredding services. Document shredding is available the first Saturday of the month only.

District residents may bring HHW items such as pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids to Ft. Totten, along with e-cycling items such as computers, televisions and other unwanted electronic equipment. For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, including how to prepare lithium batteries or batteries of greater than 9 volts, and additional information about document shredding, please click on the HHW link at www.dpw.dc.gov.

*Directions to Ft. Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE: 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 Fort Totten Transfer Station.