Street Sweeping

The Street Maintenance Divsion operates a regular street sweeping schedule for residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Residential areas are swept once every month. Arterial streets are swept once per week and at night.

Residents are asked to move motor homes and cars off the street on their scheduled day, between 6:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This allows sweepers to remove more trash off the street.

Street Sweeping Schedule

Please call us at (559) 621-1492 for your street sweeping day.

Improving Water Quality
In addition to cleaner streets, frequent street sweeping on a regular neighborhood schedule keeps waste materials from getting into storm drains. As a community, Fresno is being proactive in catching debris before it affects the storm or agricultural water quality. Cleaner storm drains flood less and improve public safety.

Who We Are
The City of Fresno has eleven full-time street sweeper operators:

Six working residential neighborhoods from 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Five working on the arterial streets during the night from 10:00 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.

The Streets Division operates mechanical street sweepers. The brooms of mechanical sweepers flick debris onto an elevator shaft and into a debris hopper. Our sweepers also spray small amounts of water for dust control purposes. Mechanical sweepers are not designed to wash a street; they are designed to pick up trash and debris. The mechanical sweepers tend to pick up larger pieces of debris and they tend to be quieter than a vacuum sweeper.

Street Sweeping FAQ

Why wasn't sweeping completed in front of my home?
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.

What can you do to help street sweepers?
Keeping the roadway in front of your house free of large objects and obstructions is the best way to assist street sweeping. Large sticks, branches and pine needles will clog and jam the sweepers' operating systems.

What about sweeping up leaves?
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. 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 solid waste-recycling container.

Safety precautions near sweepers?
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.

Keep children a safe distance from the sweepers. Do not ride, run or play near the trucks.