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Spring Clean-up street cleaning

The Spring Clean-up program, which removes sanding materials and debris that has accumulated on roads during the winter months, is now complete for 2019.

Crews will be conducting re-sweeps where necessary over the next few months. You can make street cleaning inquiries by filling out the online service request below.

eServices - Street cleaning inquiries

With Spring Clean-up now complete, crews will spend the summer working on filling potholes, maintaining boulevards, and repairing back lanes.

How you helped

The City sweeps over 16,000 lane kilometres of paved roads, and getting the work done is a collaborative effort. We would like to thank Calgarians for their help in moving their cars from the street and their blue, black and green carts on to the curb when sweeping was scheduled.

Community Parking Bans

Parking Ban signsA parking ban is in effect when Street Sweeping community signs with “No Parking” symbols 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 also subject to be 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.

Street Sweeping (April – July)

  • Street sweeping is done throughout the week, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on residential streets, and in the evenings/overnight on major routes.
  • Sweeping continues during statutory holidays.
  • Watch for signs in your community indicating when your street is scheduled for clean-up.
  • Parking bans are in place when signs are present. Remove vehicles and bins from the road on the posted dates and times.
 

Spring Clean-up FAQ

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Spring Clean-up is a city-wide street sweeping program that takes place in Spring every year. The City sweeps over 16,000 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.

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Street sweeping typically runs from the beginning of April until mid-June each year. During the program, daytime crews will sweep in neighborhoods from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week. Major roads are swept overnight in order to reduce traffic impact.
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​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.

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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.
  • 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Please follow on-street signage for street sweeping, as any vehicle that has not been removed is subject to ticketing and/or towing during the dates and times on posted signage. If the information in the online schedule differs from on-street signage, the posted signage prevails.

When the street cleaning signs are up and vehicles are still on the road, crews will sweep around vehicles.

 

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Watch for signs in your community indicating when your street is scheduled for clean-up.

Sign-up to receive an email notification 24 hours before your street is scheduled to be swept. You must login or register with a myID account to sign up.

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Some addresses may be incomplete or not located on a sweeping route. Reasons for an error message include:

  • Condominium/townhouse/senior citizen complexes where road maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.
  • New subdivisions where road maintenance is the responsibility of the developer.
  • Some non-residential addresses such as schools and businesses.
  • General community names such as McKenzie Towne or Kensington.

If you continue to receive an error message, you can locate the address on the Street Sweeping Map.

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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.

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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.

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City crews clean sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards on major roads only.

 

Street Sweeping Map​

The Calgary Street Sweeping Map shows sweep route locations and the progress of scheduled or completed routes within Calgary. Click on the brown lines to see the cleaning schedule.
Street Sweeping Map


Email Notification

Sign-up to receive an email notification 24 hours before your street is scheduled to be swept.
Email Notification


Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail

Cleaning and maintenance of Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail is the responsibility of the Alberta Government and work is completed on their behalf by www.carmacksent.com


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