Street Sweeping Operations
When does sweeping take place?
The City sweeps the 340 miles of arterial (primary) streets in St. Paul on a regular schedule from April until October depending on weather conditions. Most arterial streets are swept at least 8 times per year.
Residential streets are swept twice a year; in the early spring and late fall. Alleys are swept after residential sweeping is complete. There are 530 miles of residential streets and 330 miles of alleys in St. Paul.
Depositing any material (i.e. leaves, trash, dirt) from the boulevard or private property into the street is prohibited. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into nearby lakes and rivers and decomposing plant materials in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.
How is it done?
The City uses two types of sweepers, the Elgin Pelican and the Elgin Crosswind. The Pelicans have capacity to pick up gravel, leaves and debris as well as sand and dirt.
The Pelicans can empty their loads directly into dump trucks so all of the sweepings can be hauled away to be recycled, composted or sent to the landfill. Because of the screening that is done, very little goes to the landfill.
Look for Temporary No Parking Signs. Crews will post temporary “no parking” signs at least 24 hours in advance before sweeping any streets, banning parking from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. the day the street is swept. Do not park along these streets until the signs are removed. Vehicles parked in the “no parking” zone could be ticketed. Call the 24-hour Street Maintenance hotline at 651-266-9700 with other questions about sweeping.
Pushing Debris into Streets is Illegal. Pushing leaves, grass clippings or other debris into City streets is prohibited. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into nearby lakes and rivers, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.
When we officially start the fall street sweeping process, view our interactive map of the sweeping routes in Saint Paul. Please call Public Work's 24-hour phone number if you have any questions regarding the sweeping operations or schedule.
Use the interactive map: