Community sweeping beautifies the neighborhood by removing debris (leaves, sand, dirt, etc.) that would otherwise collect in the gutters. Sweeping keeps your neighborhood looking great and increases the asphalt’s useful life. It also helps guard against storm water runoff. However, some residents fail to see the benefit of community sweeping. Some common issues include:
- Residents questions its purpose
- Street sweeping schedule
- The impact of holidays on the sweeping schedule
- Cars parked on the street on sweeping days
- Excessive tickets being handed out to those who do not move their cars
The goal here is to help you understand the benefits of community sweeping so you do not dread those “street sweeping” days.
Community Sweeping: Knowing the Schedule
Each town employs a different sweeping schedule. Check with your local township to find out when the street sweeper will be visiting your area. Most communities will also post the street sweeping schedule online. All cars should be moved from the street on the days your community is being swept. Cars parked on the street make it very difficult for the sweeper to maneuver. Sweepers need to get along the curb line in order to remove the dirt and debris. A line of cars parked on the street could force the sweeper to skip that section all together and allow for the debris to accumulate.
Community Sweeping: The Importance of It
Community sweeping keeps your neighborhoods looking great. It increases property value as it provides neighborhoods with that pristine appearance. Clean neighborhoods stay clean. People are less likely to thrown their trash onto a clean property. Community sweeping also decreases the amount of dirt and debris that is trekked into your home or elsewhere. Finally, sweeping increases the life of the asphalt. So when the sweeper visits your community next time, remember why they are there.