In order to prevent accumulated sediment, debris, and litter from entering into the storm drain system; and, to enhance the overall beautification efforts of our neighborhoods, the Public Works Department conducts Street Sweeping operations throughout the city. Using street sweeper equipment, staff collect the street debris on a schedule that rotates monthly in order to cover the city.
Street Sweeping operations are best performed when streets are clear of parked vehicles along the curbs, since this is where debris tends to accumulate. Residents are encouraged to keep parked cars off of the street during the time-frame that their neighborhood is scheduled for Street Sweeping. Streets on the schedule are swept once during the scheduled week, and not on trash collection days.
From October 2019 to March 2020, the Street Sweeping crews will be sweeping the entire City of Portsmouth a minimum of 2 times. We cannot provide a set schedule for street sweeping in neighborhoods during those months. This is due to the increased volumes of leaves and debris in the fall and winter months, as well as the variability in weather conditions. Sweeping operations cannot be conducted when it is raining or when temperatures are below freezing.
Sweeping Results in 2019
The first round of sweeping was from the months of April and May. The City of Portsmouth Street Sweeping Team picked up a total of 615 tons or 1.2 million pounds of debris from city streets.
The second round of sweeping was from the months of June and July. The City of Portsmouth Street Sweeping Team picked up a total of 493 tons or 986,000 pounds of debris from city streets.
The Department of Public Works Street Sweeping Division completed the third round of scheduled street sweeping on September 27th. The team collected over 3 million pounds of debris from city streets from April 2019 to September 2019; that is 3 million pounds of debris that did not go into the storm drains, ditches or the Elizabeth River.