The 2017 Spring Clean-up program will begin in early April. Pre-sweeping on major routes continues as weather permits.
During pre-sweeping, parking bans will take place on some roads with heavy street parking. Residents should watch for small No Parking signs, which will be placed at least 12 hours prior to sweeping.
Once the official program begins in April, parking restrictions will take place throughout the city according to the street sweeping schedule.
This year's sweeping schedule will be available on this page March 30.
Spring Clean-up is an annual street sweeping program that removes sanding materials and debris that has accumulated on roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards during the winter months.
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Spring Clean-up FAQ
Spring Clean-up is a city-wide street sweeping program that takes place in Spring every year. The City sweeps over 15,000 lane kms of paved roads in a planned effort to keep the city clean and safe for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. Spring Clean-up also reduces water pollution by preventing the run-off of sanding materials and debris from entering our water system.
Spring Clean-up will begin in spring. When the program begins, daytime crews will sweep in neighbourhoods 7days/week to reduce the amount of debris that remains on our roads and enters our water system. Evening crews will sweep major roads 4 days/week.
The weather can affect the Spring Clean-up schedule. Sweeping activities are suspended in case of rain or snow storms. If we do experience a late spring snow storm City crews will carry out Snow and Ice Control. Sweeping will resume after the roads dry.
The City relies on the cooperation of vehicle owners to watch for street cleaning signs and remove their vehicles, as well as garbage or recycling carts, from the roads being swept. This is a short-term inconvenience for the greater good of the city.
- • Watch for signs in your community indicating when your road is scheduled for sweeping. Or, try the street sweeping map
- Remove vehicles from the road during the posted dates and times so that the road can be swept. Vehicle owners may have to park outside the area of the road being swept.
- Move your vehicle to an area that will not obstruct the entrances to private property or impede access for emergency vehicles and garbage collection.
- Blue, black and green carts left on the street can interfere with Spring Clean-up. Place your cart on the sidewalk or grass boulevard next to the curb on collection day when your street is scheduled for sweeping. If your cart is picked up from a back lane, put it in the same place as normal. Make sure to leave at least one metre between the cart and surrounding objects.
- Be sure to remove non-standard, prohibited driveway ramps from the curb and gutter of a road that provides access to a front driveway onto private property.
If debris is left behind on your street because a car or cart has not been moved and you want to be a good neighbour, you can sweep the debris yourself. If you decide to sweep missed debris yourself, please follow these suggestions from Waste & Recycling:
- Use garbage bags when cleaning up gravel, dust, rocks and other debris. Do not leave debris loose in your black cart. This will help keep the air free of dust and keep collection trucks clean as well.
- Heavy road debris needs to be double-bagged to avoid punctures and rips in the bags.
- For your collector’s safety, place all bagged debris inside your black cart for removal.
If you do not move your vehicle from the road when street cleaning is scheduled, you may receive a ticket and, in some cases, your vehicle will be towed.
A community-wide parking ban is in effect when Street Cleaning Community Signs with “No Parking” decals are placed around a community during Spring Clean-up. Any vehicle that has not been removed from the street in the area is subject to ticketing.
Vehicles are subject to be ticketed and towed if the small 3-feet high "No Parking" signs are placed along the road. They will be placed at least 12 hours prior to street sweeping. If vehicles are towed:
- The City of Calgary pays for towing if the vehicle can be taken to a nearby space.
- The vehicle owner pays the ticket, tow, and impound fee, if taken to a lot.
When the street cleaning signs are up and vehicles are still on the road, crews will sweep around vehicles.
Subdivision roadways are the responsibility of the developer until they receive a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) from The City of Calgary. At that time, The City assumes responsibility for maintaining the subdivision’s roads.
If you have front street collection, place your blue, black and green carts on the sidewalk or grass boulevard next to the curb on collection day. Once street cleaning is complete, you can put your carts out as normal on collection day.
City crews clean sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards on major roads only.