Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto has changed from performing much of its street sweeping in-house to contracting with Contract Sweeping Services, a company that also does street sweeping for a number of neighboring cities. The changeover, which becomes effective on Oct. 27, is estimated to save the City approximately $649,000 annually. A monthly Refuse Fee reduction of $1.40 per customer will be passed on to rate payers beginning October 1, 2014 to reflect these savings.
Service levels will remain the same during leaf season which is typically mid-October through mid-February. Residential and light commercial areas will continue to be swept weekly and the University/California Avenue areas will continue to be swept three times per week.
Starting at the end of leaf season, street sweeping for residential and light commercial areas will change to every-other-week. The exact date of the change has yet to be determined, and will be based on the observed leaf fall during the leaf season. A 2013 pilot project demonstrated that the City could reduce the frequency of sweeping in these areas to every-other-week during non-leaf season without adverse impacts to the public or the environment. There are environmental benefits to reducing the frequency – the City will realize a 22% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equaling approximately 37 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The sweeping frequency will remain at three times per week year-round in the University and California Avenue areas. El Camino Real will continue to be swept weekly year-round.
For more information, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/streetsweeping or call (650) 496-6974. Detailed information about the non-leaf season every-other-week street sweeping service in the residential/light commercial areas will be available in January 2015.