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Mechanical Street Cleaning

Sweeping streets and removing litter and debris from Philadelphia neighborhoods.


In 2019, the Department of Streets held a phase 1 Mechanical Street Cleaning pilot in six neighborhoods. In 2021, Mayor Jim Kenney committed $62 million over five years for street cleaning. With these funds, the Department of Streets started the phase 2 Mechanical Street Cleaning pilot in 14 neighborhoods.

This program operates on select routes from April through November each year. Mechanical street cleaning includes:

  • Mechanical brooms sweeping street debris.
  • Staff cleaning some routes with backpack blowers and hand brooms.
  • Sanitation officers issuing sanitation code violations related to litter and dumping.

The program:

  • Reduces litter.
  • Prevents trash and debris from entering our water system.
  • Focuses on the city’s most vulnerable communities.


1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Learn about the phase 2 pilot

View neighborhoods and schedules for the Mechanical Street Cleaning pilot.

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