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Last Updated: 2016-08-08

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The Department of Public Works sweeps and flushes the city's streets.  We recognize the importance of this task, both to our customers and the environment.

Each year, as approximately 22,000 lane-miles of streets are swept, tons of debris are kept from entering the stormwater system and, subsequently, our local waterways.  Due to the nature of our equipment, only streets with curbs and gutters are routinely swept.  Following are some additional points to keep in mind about street sweeping:

  • Obstacles in the sweeper's path hinder its operation. Items such as refuse containers, bikes, portable basketball goals, and piles of yard debris should be moved during sweeping periods.

  • "No Parking" signs must be obeyed. Vehicles blocking the path of the sweepers will be towed.

  • The sweeping schedule may be affected by adverse weather, equipment failure, or other unforeseen events.
Street Sweeping

Residential Street Sweeping Schedule

Area Date Location
July 4 - 8 Bridge and Sidewalk Cleaning
4 July 11 - 15 Northside | Ginter Park
5 July 18 - 29 Bellevue | Sherwood Park | Washington Park
6 August 1 - 5 Lower West End
7 August 8 - 12 Far West End
August 15 - 19 Repost Incomplete Routes
8 August 22 - 26 Bainbridge | Bellemeade | Davee Gardens
9 August 29 - September 2 Woodland Heights | Swansboro | Westover Hills
10 September 5 - 30 Downtown | Carver | Newtowne | Millie Jones
3 September 5 - 30 Highland Park

Leaf Collection

Leaf Collection Schedule

The 2016 - 2017 vacuum collection schedule will be posted in the fall.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Guidelines for the Fall Program

picture of men collecting leaves
  • Rake leaves to your property line.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street.
  • Leaves must be placed out for collection by the start date
    indicated for your route.
  • Keep leaf piles less than 2 feet in height.
  • Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes, and culverts.
    (These items will prevent crews from collecting your piles)
  • Up to 10 bags of leaves will be collected during your vacuum cycle and on your trash collection day year around.

Backyard Composting

Though not an actual city service, we do advocate backyard composting as the most efficient and environmentally sound disposal option.  Contact the Clean City Commission for details.


Effective immediately DPW Street Cleaning and Vacuum Leaf Program services do not accept requests to not tow disabled cars.

If your vehicle is disabled and parked on the street, you need to contact the Richmond Police Department at (804)646-1343. Please keep in mind disabled vehicles should not be parked on City of Richmond streets during street cleaning or vacuum leaf collection. Once signage is posted, all vehicles, even those that are disabled, must be moved before street cleaning so as to not receive a parking ticket and towing fees.

To Retrieve your vehicle contact:
   Siebert's Towing
   642 W. Southside Plaza
   Richmond, VA 23224
   Phone: (804)233-5757

With the exception of the downtown Central Business District, the Richmond Police Department issues parking violations and tows cars. DPW Street Cleaning posts the no parking signs at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled service. The Police will not tow if the signs are not in compliance. The Department of Public Works Street Cleaning Division cannot authorize parking ticket refunds or towing fee refunds.

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