Clean streets beautify neighborhoods but are only part of the reason why street
sweeping is a valued service in the City of Tampa. Protecting water resources is
another important reason to maintain clean streets. Rainwater flows from
rooftops, yards and streets to storm drains, and to our creeks, canals, and
rivers to Tampa Bay. Street sweeping captures litter, sediment, and fallen
leaves before it enters the storm drains protecting our waterways from these
Street sweeping services are delivered by the Stormwater Department on a
regularly scheduled basis for residential and business areas. The Department
also sweeps before and after special events, including parades and marathons.
You can now access street
sweeping routes online to determine when sweeping will occur in your area.
Not all streets within a route receive street sweeping. Only streets that have
curb and gutters are scheduled for sweeping services.
Residential Street Sweeping
This sweeping program covers approximately 1800 curbed miles utilizing four Mechanical Sweepers. Residential curbed streets are swept on a
continuous schedule year round. The continuous loop, consisting of 32 routes, is
repeated every 40 - 45 days, beginning with Route #01 in South Tampa and
completing the cycle with Route #32 in New Tampa. Sweeping for the residential
street program occurs between 5:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Business Districts / Commercial Sweeping
This program covers major streets in the urban area including the Channelside
District, Ybor City, Kennedy Blvd, Bayshore Boulevard, and Downtown. Because
these streets, which total 140 curbed miles, are major transportation routes
they are swept every week. Sweeping occurs between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and
8:30 am. The program uses one Vacuum Sweeper.
Another Vacuum Sweeper is dedicated to one way streets and
streets with island medians. Due to their heavy use and unique traffic patterns,
these types of streets receive bi-weekly service between the hours of 10:00 p.m.
and 8:30 a.m.
State of the Art Equipment
All the sweepers used by the City are leased under a program that has saved
the City several thousand dollars. The lease agreement provides maximum
equipment availability, ensuring a full fleet at all times. Previously, when
City owned equipment failed and was scheduled for maintenance, sweeping route
coverage was scaled back until the faulty equipment was returned. Now, under the
new agreement, if the equipment requires maintenance for any reason, the leasing
company provides same day or next day service, and in the unlikely event that a
timely service cannot be offered, the company provides substitute equipment
until the leased sweeper can be put back in service.
Disposal of Street Sweeping Debris
Litter, vegetation, and sediments get collected in sweepers and require proper
disposal. Approximately 80% of the material collected into street sweepers looks
like dirt, but actually consists of decomposed vegetative matter, and sand, silt
and clay that binds with oil, hydrocarbons, and trace metals from brake linings.
The "dirt" must be separated from trash and vegetation prior to final
disposition. The Stormwater Department operates a facility to provide this
sorting function. Shaker screens are used to separate the dirt portion, which is
then used as landfill cover. The larger trash and vegetation are sent to the
City's waste to energy facility to produce electricity. The City's street
sweeping program removes over 13,000,000 pounds of debris, and cumulatively
sweeps over 25,000 miles of curbed street per calendar year.
Help Keep Tampa Clean
You can help improve street sweeping efficiencies by checking the City website,
Routes , for upcoming sweeping in your area. It is helpful if
vehicles are not parked on the street, because it prevents the sweepers from
reaching the curbed lane where debris accumulates. Also, please do not pile yard
waste or trash containers on the street next to the curb, rather put them at the
edge of your property so the sweeper does not have to go around them. Even the
smallest efforts on your part can go a long way towards Keeping Tampa Clean!
Making the City look better and keeping the river and bay healthy is everyone's
responsibility. You can do your part by disposing of trash properly and making
sure there's no loose material in your pickup truck bed.