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Your Sweep Day
Residential streets are swept once a month between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day after garbage collection. To remember your sweep day:

  • Look up your street sweeping day or call Customer Service at (408) 535-3500.
  • Mark sweep days on your central family calendar or set a recurring reminder in your electronic calendar.
  • Organize reminders through your neighborhood association.

Move Your Car
Street sweepers remove harmful pollutants from the streets once a month, but debris collects daily. Moving your car on sweep day is the most important thing you can do to ensure clean streets for San José.

Always obey posted "no parking" or street sweeping schedule signs to avoid tickets or towing. If no signs are posted, you can look up your street sweeping day.

Tips to Keep Our Streets Clean and Protect the Watershed
Here are some additional things you can do, for a more effective sweep and to keep our streets clean between sweeps.
  • Pick up litter and other debris around stormdrains to prevent them from causing flooding or washing into our creeks and bay. Call the City of San José’s Anti Graffiti and Litter Program at (408) 975-7229 to become a litter clean-up volunteer.
  • Street sweepers avoid broken curbs and gutters, which damage their equipment. Repairing broken curbs and gutters is the homeowner’s responsibility. For specifications or questions, contact the Department of Transportation - Sidewalk Section at (408) 794-1901.
  • Move vehicles off the street on your sweep day. One parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can't be swept because the street sweeper must leave room to avoid it. Visit Vehicle Abatement to report vehicles abandoned for more than 72 hours.
  • Fallen leaves collected by the street sweeper end up in the landfill. Consider using them to make compost or as mulch under trees and bushes. Or collect and save them until your next collection day to be turned into compost for City parks.
  • Sweep up yard trimmings that remain behind after collection; don't re-pile them. Instead, save them for next week's collection. Street sweepers drive around piles to avoid rocks or other unseen items that can damage their equipment.
  • Street sweepers steer clear of low-hanging tree branches to avoid breaking them. Prune tree branches to at least 14 feet above the curb. Call the Street Tree Section at (408) 794-1901 for a free pruning permit for trees growing between the sidewalk and street.

Sweeper Facts
  • Sweepers protect our water quality by preventing over 3,800 tons of oil, metals, and debris from entering our watershed each year.
  • Sweepers use high-tech vacuum technology, not water, to clean the streets. Only small amounts of water are used to control the dust generated during sweeping.
  • Sweepers use 250 mph blasts of air to force small particles out of the street surface.