DPW cleans residential and arterial streets using mechanical sweepers of various sizes. Every year, between March and October, these sweepers operate along residential streets where signs are posted restricting parking during street sweeping hours. A $45 ticket may be issued for violating these restrictions.
Golf cart-size sweepers, known as litter vacs, are used to vacuum litter from gutters and sidewalks in commercial areas, and larger sweepers are used along freeways and main arterials, which are swept year-round, at night, depending on the temperature.
The most prevalent type of sweeper used is equipped with License Plate Recognition System (LPRS) technology, known as Sweepercam.
Request the following services by calling 311 or using 311.dc.gov.
DPW residential street sweeping program operates in densely-populated neighborhoods with high-volume pedestrian traffic. You can sign a petition to request residential street sweeping. The petition must be signed by at least 80% of a block’s residents indicating their agreement to honor the street sweeping parking restrictions.
Mechanical residential street sweeping is suspended during the winter because the sweepers emit a fine spray of water that can freeze and cause pedestrian and vehicular accidents.
Public Litter Cans
You can call 311 to request installation, removal or repair of a public litter can in public/commercial areas or parks.