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Street Cleaning ServicesBecause of necessary budget reductions, in January 2004, Redwood City reduced neighborhood street cleaning service from once every other week to once per month.

Redwood City is committed to providing clean streets. Street cleaning is an integral part of street maintenance. Sweeping once per month meets the standards and complies with the regulatory requirements of the federal Clean Water Act, the municipal San Mateo Countywide National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, and the Countywide Stormwater Management Plan. Street cleaning is a multi-purpose operation with three primary objectives:

  1. Reduce the amount of pollutants that get into stormwater runoff and pollute our waterways and the SF Bay
  2. Prevent leaves, debris and litter from clogging the storm drain system
  3. Provide a clean, aesthetically pleasing appearance to Redwood City neighborhoods.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Street sweepers start cleaning neighborhood streets at 7:30 a.m., continuing until the route is completed, often before noon in smaller neighborhoods and may be as late as 2:00 p.m. in larger ones.
  • Help us to more effectively keep neighborhoods clean by moving your vehicles away from the curb between 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on your street sweeping day.
  • From November through mid-February, leaf vacuum services remove the excess leaves produced by street trees from neighborhood streets. This service is usually provided the day before your scheduled street cleaning day.
  • Street sweepers do not clean private streets or streets that do not have a curb and gutter.
  • Sweepers will not operate on holidays (when city offices are closed), or on the Tuesday following a Monday holiday observance. There will be no holiday make-up schedule for a cleaning day that falls on a scheduled holiday.
  • Commercial and industrial streets are swept between the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. before the rush hour.
  • Redwood City street sweepers do NOT clean streets within the county’s unincorporated areas. For information about county services and programs, please call San Mateo County’s main number (650-363-4103), at the Grant Corporation Yard in Redwood City.
     

What You Can Do To Help!

DOs DON'Ts
DO move your car, boat or RV off the street to allow cleaning at the curb and gutter. DON'T place large trash items, i.e. tree branches, wood, tires, etc. in the sweeper’s path, it can damage the sweeper.
DO remove any and all obstructions from the curb and gutter, i.e., cans, bicycles, skateboards, etc. before sweepers arrive. DON'T sweep litter into the storm drain catch basins and inlets.
DO place all litter/garbage in the proper trash and recycling containers. DON'T allow your gardener to blow trash/debris from your property into the streets.  REQUIRE proper disposal; place in yard waste containers or haul away for proper disposal.
DO rake street tree leaves into low piles in the street in front of your property to be swept up by the street sweeper.  From Nov. to mid-Feb. excess tree leaves will be swept up the day before your scheduled street cleaning day.   Keep piles at least 10 feet from all storm drain inlets and parked vehicles. DON’T park your car in front of the sweepers path. When you see the sweeper coming, move your car off the street or behind the sweeper and allow him to clean in front of your and your neighbors’ homes.  It only takes seconds for the sweeper to pass.  Move the vehicle back to the curb after the street has been cleaned.
DO tell your neighbors to support street cleaning by observing the DOs and DON'Ts. DON'T mound large leaf piles at the curb. Leaf piles should be low and spread lengthwise along the curb.  Make sure the piles contain only leaves; branches or other large debris will damage the sweeper or could cause injuries.
  DON’T place your side yard or backyard leaves at the curb.  Use your yard waste containers for your leaves and we will get the leaves from street trees.

For more information about street cleaning in your neighborhood, call the Public Works Division at 650-780-7464 or contact us by email at streetcleaning@redwoodcity.org

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