Reminds Residents: Neighborhood Street Cleaning Begins April 1
City continues to implement
changes to better coincide sweeping with trash and recycling pickup
(Boston, March 26, 2013) Mayor Thomas M. Menino today reminded
residents that Boston’s Daytime Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program
will officially kick-off for the season on April 1. This year, the
Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program has updated street sweeping
days in many neighborhoods to better align the sweeping schedule
with trash and recycling days in an effort to boost the impact of
the City’s cleanup services and reduce neighborhood trash and
litter. The new sweeping schedule and enforcement will begin
citywide on April 1. Weather permitting, extended street sweeping
began for the North End, South End and Beacon Hill on March 1.
“Keeping Boston’s neighborhoods clean is a top priority of mine, as
well as our residents,” Mayor Menino said. “These schedule changes
will allow us to clean streets in a way that improves our operations
and maximizes the benefits of sweeping. I look forward to seeing our
neighborhoods shine once again this spring.”
Effective April 1, the Public Works Department will implement a new
schedule of street sweeping days to align with trash collection for
some portions of Jamaica Plain and most of the Dorchester and
Mission Hill neighborhoods. This effort will provide cleaner streets
and a reduction in rodent food sources. The Boston Transportation
Department has replaced or added approximately 6,500 signs in the
Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City of Boston’s No-Tow
automated alert system that emails users a reminder to move their
cars the night before their street is swept so they are not towed.
No-Tow registration and comprehensive street sweeping schedule
information is available at: www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping.
Residents can also call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 for
The extended program in Beacon Hill includes an expansion into March
and December and onto the fifth week of each month, at the request
of the neighborhood. By moving the sweeping day to follow trash
collection more closely, the new schedule will alleviate litter
generated from this collection in a more timely and effective
The Daytime Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program is a cooperative
effort of the Mayor's Office, the Public Works Department, the
Transportation Department, and the Department of Innovation and
Technology. Neighborhood streets throughout the city will be swept
clean on a rotating schedule each week through November 30th.
Vehicles are required to be moved in accordance with the posted
Street Cleaning regulations. Since parked vehicles prohibit the
equipment from getting to the curb, the street cleaning parking
regulations are strictly enforced. Vehicles parked in violation of
the posted regulations are subject to a $40 ticket as well as
towing. All towing for street cleaning violations is conducted by
private tow operators at the sole expense of the vehicle owner.
Additional tips for residents:
· Signs for both day and night sweeping are posted in your
neighborhood, a minimum of one per block, and indicate the days and
hours that parking is not allowed. Residential streets are typically
swept during the day program. Main arterials and the downtown areas
are swept in the night program.
· PWD has changed the 2013 posted days/hours for many residential
streets to provide more effective street sweeping. It is important
to note the posted signs in your immediate neighborhood since they
may have changed since last season.
· The night posted restrictions in all neighborhoods are in effect
year round with the exceptions of weather-related cancellations.
· The Daytime Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program runs from April 1
through November 30, except in Beacon Hill, North End and South End
which have been extended into December and March by neighborhood
· Both the night and day sweeping programs will be enforced, which
includes fines for illegal parking as well as towing.
· Comprehensive street sweeping information can be found at
www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping. You can also register for
posted street sweeping electronic reminders and cancellations by
accessing the NO-TOW link at that web site. Inquiries can also be
directed to the Mayor’s 24-Hour Service at 61-635-4500.