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Road Operations conduct the Annual Spring Street Sweeping Program to clean all City streets of sand deposited during winter maintenance, and other debris.
Spring street sweeping improves water quality and the environment by removing pollutants that can be transferred to downstream water bodies through urban runoff through the
storm sewer system. The Street Sweeping Program also improves the cleanliness and aesthetics of City streets and parking lots.
Spring street sweeping usually starts in end of April/early May and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete, weather-permitting. This webpage is updated throughout the spring program.
The schedule adheres to the City's
Source Water Protection plan, which requires optimization of the use and management of road salt, and implementation of practices to minimize the loss of salt to the environment. Crews therefore prioritize street sweeping in our vulnerable areas by sweeping the roadways in the City’s drinking water protection areas, then moving outward.
source water boundary.
Within the downtown Business Improvement Area, the streets are swept from approximately 3am–10am 7 days a week as long as possible into late fall each year.
Crews also sweep all City streets annually in the fall if the weather permits, in an effort to pick up as many leaves as possible before the weather turns too cold. Removing leaves from streets in the fall allows for a more efficient spring sweeping program and reduction of waste. It also reduces instances of blocked and frozen catch basins through the winter.
To help us provide the best service possible during street sweeping operations each year:
Sweeping generally consists of a two-part process as follows:
The sand that is collected from roads during the annual spring street sweeping program is typically disposed of at the landfill.
In 2016, staff investigated the possibility of recycling sand for
winter maintenance. After a thorough screening of the sand collected from roads, staff found that it maintained municipal standards and was suitable for reuse on roads in winter. Recycling sand allows for a cost avoidance of almost half a million dollars and helps extend the life of the
landfill. For more information please review the Recycled Street Sweepings Pilot Program presentation or watch the presentation to City Council on Rogers TV Barrie (begins at 40:00). The program is suspended temporarily due to inadequate storage space at the Operations yard, but is anticipated to resume in 2021 for 2021/22 winter maintenance operations.
Leaves swept in the fall are relatively clean and brought to the landfill for composting. Leaves left over in the spring are too contaminated with sand and litter and cannot be composted so they are disposed of as waste.
The City asks resident to minimize residential street parking, when possible, during this process to ensure best results. City staff will note such obstructions and will return at a later time.
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