Street Sweeping

Street sweeping is conducted weekly to improve the cleanliness, health and safety of the City. Street sweepers remove debris from our streets and prevent it from entering our storm drains. Storm drains lead straight to the ocean and are meant for rainwater only.

Street sweeping also helps the City comply with state and federal stormwater quality requirements. The City sweeps approximately 170,000 miles of streets and removes approximately 13,000 tons of debris each year.

What can you do?

There are two types of street sweepers used in Long Beach. The Elgin Pelican broom sweeper and the Johnston 7000 vacuum sweeper. These street sweepers are not designed to pick up large pieces, piles or wet debris. Here's how you can improve the cleanliness of your street:

  • Avoid piling leaves or other debris in the street, alley or gutter.
  • Properly dispose of litter, keeping it out of gutters and alleys.
  • Keep the street in front of your home dry on street sweeping days. Street sweepers are more effective when the street is dry.
  • Don't rake, blow or sweep leaves or other debris into the street, alley, or gutter.
  • Keep palm fronds and long twigs and branches out of the street, alley or gutter. Street sweepers have difficulty removing this type of debris.
  • Never pour oil, antifreeze or any other hazardous materials in the street, gutter or alley, or on the ground. Find out how to properly dispose of these materials online at Hazardous Waste.

TIPS

  • Section 8.60.111 of the City's Municipal Codes makes it illegal to place any debris in the street or alley. A violation of this section is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $500 or six months in jail or both. You can report illegal dumping on the Contact us page, or call the Recycling Hotline at 570-2876 for immediate assistance.
  • Rainy Days: Street sweeping may or may not occur on rainy days. If the streets are too wet, sweepers cannot remove debris. It is advised however, that you always move your vehicle in accordance with the posted street sweeping signs.
Street Sweeping Keeps Debris Out of Storm Drains

Storm drains are meant to divert storm water from our streets and prevent flooding. They lead straight to the ocean without filtration. It's against the law to throw anything into the gutter - like litter, leaves, pet waste, or auto fluids like motor oil. If these items are in the gutter, they will wash into a storm drain and eventually pollute our ocean.

So please, help keep our ocean clean by not washing materials into the streets and gutters.

Call the City at 570-2890 if you see any large or hazardous items in the street or gutter, or go to Contact us for online reporting.

For more information on storm drains, see Our Storm Drain System on the Hazardous Waste pages.


Holiday schedules:

Street Sweeping
Holiday Schedule

Street sweeping parking regulations are meant to keep vehicles off the street so that street sweeping services can be more effective. Parking regulations are clearly posted, and are enforced throughout the year except on the following days:

  • New Year's Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Red, white and blue curbs are always enforced, even on holidays.

Parking Meter
Holiday Schedule

Read your meter. If your parking meter is labeled that it is exempt (not enforced) on Holidays, then parking meter citations will not be issued on the following days only:

  • New Year's Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Please note:
Red, white and blue curbs are always enforced, even on holidays. Hourly time zones are enforced on an observed day if it is different from the actual holiday.

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