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Street sweeping and cleaning

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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Our services

Garbage and litter collection

  • 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

Sweeping and cleaning

  • 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

Other cleanup services

  • Special event cleanup, including after parades, fireworks, and public gatherings
  • Dead animal removal
  • Emergency cleanup services after vehicles accidents or material spills

Information on the street cleaning utility

How you can help

Abandoned garbage and illegal dumping

Help us keep your neighbourhood clean and safe by properly reporting abandoned garbage and illegal dumping.

Waste Wizard

Search by item to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Play a role in your neighbourhood by taking part in KVS, a series of programs that help reduce litter and keep our streets clean.

Street cleaning programs

A Clean Street micro-cleaning team at work in the Downtown East Side.

Street Cleaning Grant Program

In a partnership with local social enterprise organizations, 60 easy-to-access employment opportunities have been created for individuals with barriers to traditional employment. Clean Street participants provide micro-cleaning of city lanes and streets throughout the Downtown East Side.

Prepare leaves for City of Vancouver collection programs

Leaf collection from City streets

City crews remove leaves from streets on a regular basis from November to January. Do your part by moving your vehicle during street cleaning.