Each day throughout the City, our sweeper cleans up pollutants that collect on our streets. Pollutants include litter, leaves and chemical deposits, such as automotive fluids. Street sweeping is an effective way to remove these harmful pollutants from our streets. The pollutants endanger our watershed and leave unsightly debris in our neighborhoods.
Vehicles leave behind automotive fluids and microscopic metals such as copper from brake pads. These pollutants are virtually invisible, but they can be extremely harmful to the wildlife in the bay. The storm drains in the gutters drain directly to the bay without filtering.
The visible pollutants such as leaves, paper and other debris end up trapped against the gutters and in storm drains. Not only are these larger, more visible items unsightly, they can block storm drains, causing localized flooding when it rains.
The big problem the street sweeper faces when attempting to remove these pollutants is the obstacle course encountered along the gutter. Basketball hoops, garbage cans, and vehicles and trailers left in the street prevent the sweeper from hugging the curb and performing the most effective sweeping possible. Residents can help by knowing the monthly sweeping schedule shown and moving any vehicles parked on the street. Residents can also help by moving their basketball hoops into their driveways.
- Sweeper Monthly Schedule (PDF)
Due to the passing of Measure U, the Maintenance Division will be restoring street sweeping services. Beginning July 2011, Newark city streets will be swept once every month. Please see the map to identify your sweeping area. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled sweeping day may be delayed. The missed area will be completed at the next available opportunity.
Please do not rake, pile, or blow debris, leaves, or tree branches into the street or the storm drain. Place leaves and yard trimmings in your green waste containers. This will prevent leaves and debris from clogging storm drains, which can lead to flooding and from flowing into the Bay where it contributes to water pollution.
For additional information call (510) 578-4806