Street Sweeping Operations
When does sweeping take place?
The City sweeps the 340 miles of arterial (primary) streets in St. Paul on a regular schedule from April until October depending on weather conditions. Most arterial streets are swept at least 8 times per year.
Residential streets are swept twice a year; in the early spring and late fall. Alleys are swept after residential sweeping is complete. There are 530 miles of residential streets and 330 miles of alleys in St. Paul.
Depositing any material (i.e. leaves, trash, dirt) from the boulevard or private property into the street is prohibited. Municipal Code Section 106.02
Spring residential sweeping is scheduled to begin in early May of 2015.
How is it done?
The City uses two types of sweepers, the Elgin Pelican and the Elgin Crosswind. The Pelicans have capacity to pick up gravel, leaves and debris as well as sand and dirt.
The Pelicans can empty their loads directly into dump trucks so all of the sweepings can be hauled away to be recycled, composted or sent to the landfill. Because of the screening that is done, very little goes to the landfill.