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Mechanical Street Cleaning

Cleaning schedule

Using the Litter Index, the Department of Streets picked neighborhoods to take part in the Mechanical Street Cleaning program. These neighborhoods have the highest concentration of litter and need more City services to keep them clean.

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Schedule and neighborhoods


The 2024 Mechanical Street Cleaning program will run from April 1 through November 1.

Cleaning takes place Monday through Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No service is performed on City-observed holidays, but crews resume cleaning the following week.


Currently, the Mechanical Street Cleaning program serves a select number of neighborhoods. For the 2024 season, the program will expand to clean additional areas in certain neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Boundaries Map of service area
Frankford Levick to Adams from Griscom to Keystone Map (PDF)
Germantown Berkley to Chelten from Pulaski to Wakefield Map (PDF)
Kensington 2nd to Kensington from Tioga to Lehigh Map (PDF)
Logan Godfrey to Roosevelt Blvd. from Broad to Mascher Map (PDF)
Nicetown Broad to Hunting Park, Clarissa and Stenton from Lindley/Logan to Allegheny Map (PDF)
North Central Broad to 22nd from Allegheny to Diamond Map (PDF)
Paschall 58th to 70th from Cobbs Creek to Dicks Map (PDF)
Point Breeze Christian to McKean from Broad to 24th Map (PDF)
Port Richmond Kensington to Aramingo from Tioga to Lehigh Map (PDF)
South Philadelphia McKean to Oregon from 4th to 8th Map (PDF)
Southwest Woodland to Kingsessing from 49th to Cemetery, and 58th to 61st from Cobbs Creek Pkwy. to Kingsessing Map (PDF)
Strawberry Mansion Diamond/Sedgley to Allegheny from 22nd to 33rd Map (PDF)
West Fairhill Front to 13th from Glenwood to Diamond Map (PDF)
West Philadelphia Parkside to Spring Garden from 52nd to 40th Map (PDF)

Parking enforcement

Beginning Monday, April 29: “No parking” signs will be enforced where posted. Fines will be assessed for violations.

The Department of Streets has posted signs to alert motorists to move their vehicles during cleaning times. Mechanical Street Cleaning no-parking rules will be enforced in all service areas.

Residents should follow posted “no parking” signs to allow the mechanical broom to clean the roadways from curb to curb at the scheduled time. Cleaning times on streets are staggered and/or occur on alternate days to minimize inconvenience to residents.

When new service areas are added, residents should anticipate a 30-day warning period following the installation of any new signage. Residents should then move their vehicles as indicated.

How residents can help

Residents in the service areas are asked to:

  • Follow posted “no parking” signs.
  • Place trash and recycling collections out on designated day at an authorized location according to the City’s seasonal collection schedule.
  • Place trash and recycling collections out in proper containers or bags to prevent spillage.
  • Only set out household trash for pick up.
  • Sweep sidewalks and gather debris. Do not sweep into the street.

For more information, read other residential trash and recycling rules.