Baltimore begins alley sweeping program for several neighborhoods

BALTIMORE - Baltimore announced it is set to begin weekly mechanical sweeping in the alleys of several city neighborhoods.

The city Department of Public Works said custom designed sweeping machines will clean loose trash, grit, dirt, oils and other chemicals from the alleys in several areas of Baltimore.

The neighborhoods, and the days they will be swept, are:

  • Monday: Belair-Edison and Panway-Braddish
  • Tuesday: Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, Mondawmin, and Parkview Woodbrook
  • Thursday: Reservoir Hill and Washington Blvd/Pigtown.
  • Friday: McElderry Park/Ellwood Park and Sandtown-Winchester/Hollins Market

The sweeping schedule was chosen to fall on days after regular trash collection. Residents are reminded of the importance of removing all obstacles from the alleys, and making sure any bulk items are put away. This will allow the mechanical alley sweepers to do a thorough job.

As the sweeping is on a regular schedule, residents should not call to request service but they may report any missed services to 311.

According to a city DPW news release, the neighborhoods in the alley sweeping program were chosen for wide, paved, and intact alleys, where the mechanical sweepers can be the most effective. The DPW's Bureau of Solid Waste is spending no additional money to operate the program, though it is spending $175,000 per truck for three alley sweeping trucks. These trucks will also be used to help clean the streets after festivals.

Several of the neighborhoods that will get mechanical alley sweeping are also participating in the Municipal Trash Can pilot program.

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