Street sweeping offers a range of benefits for communities, and if you are implementing a street sweeping program in your community, there are steps you can take to make your efforts as successful as possible. Take a look at these tips to help your community prepare for street cleaning:
1. Create a no parking schedule
Street sweepers move slowly down the road sweeping debris and cleaning the road. However, if there are parked cars in the way of the trucks, it can be hard for them to do an effective job.
There are several ways cities opt to address this issue. Cities that hire street sweepers to sweep every week or every other week often opt not to post "no parking" signs. Instead, they just play with the law of averages and assume that they will eventually clean every part of the street even if a car is parked in the way once in a while.
However, if you want to ensure your street sweepers can clean all of the road or if you only street sweep once in a while and want to ensure it's as effective as possible, you should implement a "no parking" schedule. This schedule can be communicated through street signs that tell neighbors a specific day and time when they cannot park on the road.
2. Encourage residents to remove other blockages
Of course, parked cars aren't the only impediment to street sweeping. Area residents should also be encouraged to not leave other things in the road on days when street sweeping is scheduled.
Things that may get in the way include piles of leaves or other landscaping materials or debris. Other issues may include overhanging branches that get in the way of the street sweeping trucks, portable basketball hoops or other things stored on the road or thrown into it.
3. Educate the community about the positive aspects of street sweeping
In order to encourage community members to keep the roads clean during street sweeping, you can issue tickets or citations, but if you prefer to approach this issue from a happy and productive angle, you should focus on community education.
Using a combination of approaches, you can educate residents about how street sweeping does more than make roads look better. It also keeps litter out of storm drains and thus out of riverways. It also prevents backups in the storm drainage system, helping reduce the chance of flash floods, and when street sweepers remove certain microscopic elements, they help to keep the air clean.
In some cases, the debris collected from street sweeping can even be turned into energy for the community to use.
In order to educate the community about these benefits and why it's important for them to keep their parts of the streets clean, you can launch a direct mail campaign, hang posters, air radio commercials or send city representatives to talk at neighborhood or HOA meetings.
4. Coordinate with garbage pickup services
Finally, once you have educated the community about the importance of keeping the road clean, you also need to think about other traffic on the road. Many city officials deal with sweeping busy areas by scheduling the sweeping in the middle of the night.
However, for residential areas, traffic tends to be relatively sparse during the day when most people are at home or school. One of the major obstacles during this time of the day is garbage trucks. So that your street sweeping trucks don't have to waste time trying to squeeze by garbage trucks, coordinate with your local garbage companies so that your street sweeping trucks are scheduled to hit different neighborhoods at different times than the garbage trucks.
For more information, contact a local street sweeping company like USA Services of Florida.