Mayor Menino Reminds Residents: Changes to Neighborhood Street Sweeping Schedule Effective March 1st in South End, April 1st in Other Neighborhoods
City implements changes to better coincide with trash and recycling pickup and keep neighborhoods cleaner
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For Immediate Release
February 24, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today reminded residents that Boston’s Daytime Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program has updated street sweeping days in many neighborhoods as the program kicks off this spring.  The changes are designed 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 in the South End on March 1 and citywide on April 1.  Extended street sweeping will also begin March 1 for the North End, continuing the extension implemented in 2010.

“Keeping Boston’s neighborhoods clean is a top priority of mine, as well as the residents of Boston, and these schedule changes will allow the city to clean streets in a way that maximizes the benefits of sweeping,” Mayor Menino said.  “This is just one example of how we continue to evaluate and make changes to basic city services that benefit everyone.  I look forward to seeing our neighborhoods shine once again this spring.”

The expanded program in the South End includes an expansion of the program into March and December and onto the 5th 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 manner. 

Residents are reminded to double check their sweeping schedule. The Boston Transportation Department has changed more than 4,000 street signs across the city to reflect the changes, as well as distributing more than 11,000 fliers to cars parked in the affected areas.  Residents and other drivers are encouraged to register for “No-Tow” email reminders and visit for comprehensive street sweeping schedule information.  Residents can also call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 for sweeping information.

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. 



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