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Reminder: Street Cleaning Starts Today (3/22/10)

March 22, 2010

Mini street sweeperStreet cleaning, and the alternate side parking that comes with it, begins today. Fortunately, if you forget to move your car this week, ticket enforcement will not begin until next week (March 29th). You can read more details from the DPW announcement here>>

How Would You Grade the District’s Snow Response Performance?

March 3, 2010

Snow removal on Rock Creek Church Rd, Feb. 15, 2010

Now that life is back to normal and folks are able to reflect upon the recent snow with some distance, its time to assess how the District measured up to the challenge or removing record amounts  of snow.

Based on the amount of snow, the size of the city, and how much equipment DDOT had at its disposal, how would you rate the level of service experienced in Park View?

Some people I’ve talked to were pleased. Others felt the response fell short. Others still commented that there seemed to be little rhyme or reason as to where the city focused and where they didn’t.

Please share your experiences, success stories, or disappointments.

Mayor Fenty and Coucilmember Graham assisting residents and assessing the conditions on the 600 block of Newton Street, February 11, 2010


Street Sweeping Resumes March 22, 2010

March 2, 2010

Well, it seems we have an answer to one of the annual questions asked this time of year: When does street cleaning resume?

An except from the announcement is below:

Mini street sweeperOn Monday, March 22, 2010, daytime mechanical street sweeping will resume in scheduled residential neighborhoods where signs are posted indicating that this will take place. Now that the snow has melted, there’s now quite a bit of litter and debris in certain areas. Residents are again reminded to observe the street cleaning signs so our sweepers can resume cleaning residential streets. Alternate-side parking restrictions in these areas will go into effect as well. Parking tickets, which carry a $30 fine, will be issued, beginning March 29, to vehicles parked during street sweeping hours in areas posted with “No Parking/Street Cleaning” signs. Beginning March 29, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.

DPW street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter and pollutants. The sweeper also emits a fine spray of water to help control dust. Street sweeping is suspended during winter as the sprayed water can freeze and become ice on the street. DPW also sweeps commercial corridors year-round. For more information about DPW’s street sweeping program, visit


More Trash and Recycling News

February 23, 2010

It seems there is just no way to not get your trash and recycling collection this week. It was announced on Feb. 22nd that collection would return to normal … but lest there be any confusion, if you’ve place it in front of your house, leave it there. DPW will collect it there as well. The announcement is below:

Collections are being made from both the curb and alley Mon., Feb. 22.

Normal collection schedule resumes this week.

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it is resuming alley collections for trash and recycling. Last week, residents were asked to put their trash at the curb through today because the alleys were impassable. However, the high temperatures over the weekend produced some melting, which will allow the collections to be made from the alleys once again. Residents are asked to put their trash and recycling containers at their regular point of collection between 6:30 pm the day before their collection and 6 am the day of their collection. If you have already placed your trash and recycling in the front, please leave it there. We will collect it.

Trash AND Recycling Collected From Curb Week of Feb. 22, 2010

February 22, 2010

DPW will collect both trash and recycling from the curb this week rather than from alleys. The full announcement is below:

The DC Department of Public Works announced … that recycling collections will be resumed starting Monday, February 22. Residents are asked to use their recycling containers – blue carts and/or bins – and put the containers next to their trash containers (or dark plastic bags) at the curb. DPW also will resume its Household Hazardous Waste/E-Cycling/Document Shredding services, Saturday, February 20, 8 am to 3 pm, at Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE.

DPW suspended recycling collections for two weeks due to the snow; therefore, many households have more recyclables than will fit in the containers. These overflow recyclables may be put in brown paper bags or cardboard boxes and placed next to the carts or bins.

Both trash and recycling collections will follow their normal schedule next week. Residents are asked to put their containers out between 6:30 pm the day before their collection and 6 am of their collection day.

Snow in District alleys is beginning to melt. However, not enough melting has occurred nor are temperatures forecasted to be sufficiently high to promote substantial melting to create certainty that DPW collections crews safely can collect trash and recyclables from alleys next week.

Trash Collection but No Recycling this Week.

February 15, 2010

I’ve been asked this question by a few people so far, so I thought I’d share this now that I know.

For the week of February 15th, 2010, the trash/recycling/parking enforcement according to an Alert DC email is as follows: Trash to be collected from the front; recycling to be suspended, and parking enforcement to be affected.

Trash Collections: Trash will not be collected Presidents Day, Monday, February 15. Collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day. For example, Monday trash collections will be made Tuesday, Tuesday collections will be made Wednesday, and so on. In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday. The alleys remain impassable because about three feet of snow fell between Friday, February 5, and Wednesday, February 10, so DPW asks residents to put their trash in dark plastic bags and place them at the curb no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the day(s) of collection. Bleach may be added to the bags to repel rodents. (more…)

Trash/Recycling Collections Return to Normal

December 28, 2009

DPW issued the following release on area listservs today alerting all that trash and recycling will be picked up as normal this week, with the exception of Friday, which will move to a Saturday collection schedule.

With the snow and Christmas last week, service was hit and miss at best. There are also instructions for Christmas tree collection.



DPW to Observe New Year’s Day, Fri., Jan. 1

See Your Holiday Tree Chipped Starting Mon., Dec. 28

(Washington, DC) The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it will follow its normal trash and recycling collection schedule this week, except for Friday, January 1, when, in observance of New Year’s Day, Friday’s collections will slide to Saturday, January 2. This year, DPW will give residents the option of bringing their holiday trees to the Ft. Totten Trash Transfer Station, starting December 28 or they may put their holiday trees out for collection between January 1 and January 10. (more…)

District Snow Officials Remind Residents of Alley Policy

December 21, 2009

The following message regarding the city’s policy on plowing alleys and trash pickup was released on area listservs today. As much of Ward 1 has normal trash collection in the alleys, it may be a few days before things get back to normal.

(Washington, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Department of Public Works (DPW) want to remind residents that as a policy the District does not plow alleys.

“The District does not plow alleys,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.  “We do not have the resources and in the majority of the alleys there is no place to push the snow.  It would be too difficult and labor intensive to plow any type of alley, whether narrow or wide, in the District.”

Tune into the local media or check DPW’s Web site — — for trash collection news.

“We are receiving numerous requests from residents, higher than in years past,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein.  “Our crews are focused on clearing the District’s 1100 miles of roadway, in particular the residential and side streets.  We just do not have the resources to plow alleys.”

Additional information on the District’s snow plan can be found at

DPW Announces Holiday Services Schedule

December 16, 2009

The Department of Public Works’ Website posted its schedule for providing services over the next couple of holidays. With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Friday this year, it will definitely disrupt normal trash pickup. The full announcement is below:

Winter Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule Announced

The Department of Public Works (DPW) announces the following holiday schedule for services through January 2010:

Christmas Day: Friday, December 25, 2009
DPW will be closed and most services will be suspended, including DPW trash, recycling and leaf collections. Parking enforcement also will be suspended, including rush hour and residential zone violations. All services will resume Monday, December 28, 2009.  All Friday trash and recycling collections will slide to Saturday, December 26. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on collection day. Leaf collection service also will resume on Saturday, December 26.

Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE
The Ft. Totten Transfer Station will be open Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 8 am to 3 pm, to receive all household hazardous waste (HHW), electronic waste and personal documents for shredding. This is an ideal time to recycle those old TVs, computers and other electronic gadgets and toys to make space for new gifts. The transfer station will not be open to the public Saturday, December 26. 
New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 2010
On New Year’s Day, DPW will be closed and most services will be suspended, including DPW trash, recycling and leaf collections, and parking enforcement, including rush hour and residential zone violations. All services will resume Monday, January 4, 2010. All Friday trash and recycling collections will slide to Saturday, January 2. Any remaining leaf collections also will resume on Saturday. (more…)

Leaf Collection Schedule for Park View

November 11, 2009

Ward 1 Leaf Collection 2009According to a message sent out by DPW yesterday, leaf collection season started last week and DPW will complete the first pass through the A Sections this week. Park View is in Section B and leaf collection for us will begin on November 16th.

DPW asks residents to please remember:

  • Rake leaves into the treebox space or to the curb the weekend before your street is scheduled for collection. Please, never rake leaves into the street where they can catch fire if someone parks on them, or the leaves can clog the catch basins and cause flooding, or they can reduce the already limited number of parking spaces on our streets.
  • Use paper bags designed for yard waste and place those bags into the treebox space or at the curb.
  • Leaves in the treebox spaces and at the curb will be collected and composted. Bagged leaves that are placed in the alley for trash collection will go to the landfill. Also, these bags will be collected based on the trash truck’s capacity.
  • Wet leaves are slippery, therefore dangerous. Please do your best to keep them off the sidewalk and street until we get to your street.

For more information including schedules for other Wards, click on the image above for the entire brochure.


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