Street Sweeping FAQs
- What days will my street be swept?
- Who do I contact if I have a concern?
- What benefits does street sweeping provide?
- Why is the City contracting out street sweeping?
- What about sweeping up the leaves?
- What are the regular hours of service?
- Why wasn't sweeping completed in front of my home?
- Does this affect private streets?
- What can I do to help street sweepers?
- What if the day my sweeping is scheduled falls on a holiday?
- Safety precautions near sweepers?
Please note, the street sweeping schedule is subject to change. We recommend you check back occasionally to see if any updates have been made to the schedule in your neighborhood. If you have questions about the schedule, please contact your trash collection company (see below).
Please contact your designated trash collection company:
- Waste Management: (800) 675-1171; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- EJ Harrison: (800) 418-7274; e-mail: email@example.com
The Ventura County Municipal Stormwater Quality Permit issued by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board has stringent requirements for the control of trash and for street sweeping. Regular street sweeping is an effective method to remove pollutants before they are washed into waterways by rainfall. Street sweeping removes approximately 48 tons per week of debris and contaminants that would otherwise remain in the street and eventually end up in our storm drain conveyance system potentially causing flooding and in the end polluting our creeks and ocean.
The franchise agreements require more sweeping (60% increase in residential areas) than the City can currently provide. The contractors must utilize “state of the art” equipment to sweep City streets. These provisions will result in improved stormwater quality. In addition, the Franchise Agreement requires the contractors to ensure that 80% of street sweeping debris is recycled, rather than landfilled. This will increase waste diversion in the City by approximately 2,000 tons (4 million pounds) per year.
During the winter months the focus of the City’s street sweeping efforts is leaf removal to help keep drains clear. To better assist sweepers, do not rake, blow or pile up leaves in the street. The sweeper cannot pick up large loads and debris will be left for you to remove. Please place leaves from your trees in your green waste container. Street sweeping is intended to clean what naturally is present on the street. Too often, residents or their gardeners will blow all of the grass cuttings, leaves and small branches from pruning into the street.
There are many reasons why the sweeper may not have been able to remove debris from your street. Most often, it's because items such as cars, bicycles, toys, basketball hoops and refuse containers are blocking the roadway. Vehicles parked too close to each other for the sweeper to maneuver between them are another cause. Low hanging trees and shrubs can prevent sweepers from cleaning in front of your home as well.
Residential street sweeping will be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. A street sweeping "night shift" will sweep areas exclusively zoned commercial.
The agreement requires that private residential streets be swept on the same schedule as public streets.
Keeping the roadway in front of your house free of large objects and obstructions is the best way to assist street sweeping. We, therefore, ask residents to follow these guidelines:
- Remove any vehicle parked on the street - Any vehicle (car, truck, boat trailer or recreational vehicle) parked on the street prevents the sweeper from reaching the curb lane where debris accumulates.
- Keep large debris out of the road - Large sticks, branches and pine needles will clog and jam the sweepers' operating systems.
- No garbage cans or yard waste in the street during sweep day – The municipal code does not allow garbage, recycling and yard waste containers to be placed in the street before 6:00 p.m. the day before pickup and should be retrieved and stored out of the public’s view by midnight on the day of collection. Like parked vehicles, the garbage and recycling containers prevent the sweeper from reaching the curb. In general, street sweeping follows trash collection by one working day.
Some holidays impact regularly scheduled street sweeping. Please refer to the Street Sweeping Schedule for a complete list of street sweeping dates and to see if your neighborhood's schedule is affected.
- Monday, September 4, 2016 (Labor Day)
- Thursday, November 23, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day)
Be sure to keep a safe distance between you and the sweeper at all times. Try to avoid maneuvering around sweeper trucks; move off to the side of the road until you are sure it is safe to continue.
Always keep children and pets a safe distance from the sweepers. Do not ride, run or play near the trucks.