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Mechanical Street Cleaning

Phase 2 pilot

Using the Litter Index, the Department of Streets picked 14 neighborhoods to take part in the second phase of the Mechanical Street Cleaning pilot. These neighborhoods have the highest concentration of litter and need more City services to keep them clean.

Pilot areas

Neighborhood Pilot boundaries
Frankford Bridge to Adams from Griscom St. to Torresdale (map)
Germantown Berkley to Chelten from Pulaski to Wakefield (map)
Kensington 2nd to Kensington from Tioga to Lehigh Ave. (map)
Logan Godfrey to Roosevelt Blvd. from Broad to 5th (map)
Nicetown Broad to Clarissa from Hunting Park to Windrim (map)
North Central Broad to 22nd from Glenwood to Diamond (map)
Paschall 58th to 70th from Greenway to Dicks Ave. (map)
Point Breeze Christian to McKean from Broad to 24th (map)
Port Richmond Kensington to Aramingo from Tioga to Lehigh (map)
South McKean to Oregon from 4th to 8th (map)
Southwest Woodland to Kingsessing from 49th to Cemetery (map)
Strawberry Mansion Diamond to Lehigh from Sedgley to 33rd (map)
West Parkside to Spring Garden from 52nd to 40th (map)
West Fairhill 5th to 13th from Glenwood to Susquehanna (map)


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

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.

2022 program

The 2022 Mechanical Street Cleaning program will run from Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, November 30.

Parking enforcement

The Department of Streets has posted signs to alert motorists to move their vehicles during cleaning times in nine of the 14 pilot areas. Mechanical Street Cleaning no-parking rules will be enforced in these areas:

  • Kensington
  • North Central
  • South
  • Southwest
  • Strawberry Mansion
  • West
  • Logan
  • West Fairhill
  • Port Richmond

The Department of Streets will continue to install signs over the course of the season in the remaining eight areas. Residents should anticipate a 30-day warning period following the installation of any new signage and move vehicles as indicated.

How residents can help

Residents in the phase 2 pilot 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.

Read other residential trash and recycling rules.