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Street and sidewalk cleaning and maintenance

Keeping our streets, sidewalks, and green spaces safe and clean for everyone to enjoy is a City priority. 

Our sanitation services branch and local non-profit organizations working under our Street Cleaning Grant Program, play an integral role in keeping our city clean, vibrant and thriving.

Our crews provide services 365 days a year, with the majority of work performed at night to avoid interrupting traffic and pedestrians. 

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How you can help maintain our streets and sidewalks

Our services

  • Daily emptying of 2,800 garbage and recycling receptacles from sidewalks, the Seawall, residential areas, and parks
  • 250 additional receptacles are added along beaches, seawalls, and in parks annually during the high-season
  • 300 new sidewalk receptacles to be added in 2016/17
  • Collection of litter and hazardous materials such as needles from City property
  • Daily collection of abandoned and illegally dumped waste from residential and commercial areas
  • Mechanical sweeping of streets, sidewalks, and bikes routes
  • Mechanical flushing of streets and lanes in the downtown core and DTES, with increased frequency during summer months to minimize odour and buildup of debris
  • Sweeping and clearing of leaves throughout the fall and winter months
  • Clearing of snow from streets and public sidewalks
  • Special event cleanup, including after parades, fireworks, and public gatherings
  • Dead animal removal
  • Emergency cleanup services after vehicles accidents or material spills

Leaf removal from City streets

City crews remove leaves from streets on a regular basis from November to January. Please move your vehicle during street cleaning.

Snow removal

Check our priority locations for removing snow and ice. Find out how you can help keep sidewalks clear.

Pothole repair

Keeping our roads in good and safe condition is our priority. Learn how to report potholes in City street and how we assess potholes for repair.

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