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Weekly street sweeping with sidewalk litter and debris removal may be coming to your area. Find out if you are on a street where vehicles will be required to move for cleaning. Learn more about the program.

M E C H A N I C A L S W E E P I N G M A Y B E C O M I N G T O Y O U R A R E A . G E T

T H E F A C T S . A T T E N D A V I R T U A L I N F O R M A T I O N S E S S I O N: Mechanical Sweeping 2022 Program Information Meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 15, at noon

  • Tuesday, March 15, at 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m.

  • Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m.


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The Mechanical Street Cleaning Pilot Program is part of the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to reduce trash and litter conditions in the City’s most vulnerable communities. Mechanical street cleaning is an effective tool in reducing litter from city streets and preventing trash and debris from entering the water systems. With the support of Mayor Jim Kenney’s $62 million investment over five years in street cleaning, the Streets Department launched phase II in 14 neighborhoods identified through the Litter Index as having the highest concentration of litter. These areas have been identified as requiring additional city services to supplement cleaning efforts in the area. Effective April 4, 2022, the Mechanical Street Cleaning Pilot Program will launch in the following residential areas: North Central: Broad to 22nd from Glenwood to Diamond South Philly: McKean to Oregon from 4th to 8th Southwest: Woodland to Kingsessing from 49th to Cemetery Ave. Strawberry Mansion: Diamond to Lehigh from Sedgley to 33rd Frankford: Bridge to Adams from Griscom St to Torresdale Germantown: Berkley to Chelten from Pulaski to Wakefield Kensington: 2nd to Kensington from Tioga to Lehigh Ave. Logan: Godfrey to Roosevelt Blvd from Broad to 5th Sts. Nicetown: Broad to Clarissa from Hunting Park to Windrim Paschall: 58th to 70th from Greenway to Dicks Point Breeze: Christian to McKean from Broad to 24th Sts. Port Richmond: Kensington to Aramingo from Tioga to Lehigh West Fairhill: 5th to 13th from Glenwood to Susquehanna West Philly: Parkside to Spring Garden from 52nd to 40th.

The program runs through November 30th to coincide with warmer-weathered months and decrease the potential for snow and ice.

Some streets in each pilot area will have sidewalk cleaning maintenance along with mechanical broom cleaning weekly.

To facilitate a more detailed cleaning, residents on select streets will be required to move their vehicles. Residents on those streets may notice no parking signs installed and are required to adhere to the posted timeframes beginning the week of April 4 to avoid enforcement measures.


Mechanical Street Cleaning in Philadelphia operates annually on select routes April 1 through November 30. Residents should follow posted "no parking" signs to allow the mechanical broom to clean the roadways from curb to curb at the scheduled time.

Authorized Philadelphia ticketing agencies will issue warnings on vehicles parked on the roadway during specified no parking times during the first month of the Phase II pilot. On or after May 1st, posted "no parking" signs will be enforced with assessed fines.

Mechanical sweeping will take place Monday through Thursday, except holidays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No service will be performed on City-observed holidays. Crews will resume cleaning the following week.

Cleaning times on streets are staggered and/or occur on alternate days to minimize inconvenience to residents. Alternate street parking intervals occur between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The following is the sequence of the mechanical cleaning pilot in each area:

  • Streets Department laborers equipped with back pack blowers and hand brooms will clean some pilot routes.

  • Mechanical brooms will follow cleaning crews once debris is blown off sidewalks and curb lines.

  • To ensure cleaning is maintained, SWEEP Officers will patrol neighborhoods to address Sanitation code violations related to litter and dumping.

The Mechanical Street Cleaning Pilot Program is a partnership between the Streets Department and the residents of Philadelphia:

The City will provide resources to:

  • Mechanically Clean Streets Weekly

  • Remove litter and debris from sidewalks

  • Collect illegally dumped material

Residents in the pilot area are asked to:

  • Follow posted "no parking" signs

  • Place trash and recycling collections out on designated day at authorized location between 7p.m. the day before and 7a.m. on trash day

  • Place trash and recycling collections out in proper containers / bags to prevent spillage

  • Only set household trash for pick up.

  • Sweep sidewalks and gather debris.

  • Do not sweep into the street

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