Street sweeping is one of the most visible aspects of the Storm Drainage
Division. Citizens and the traveling public can all benefit in several
ways from a successful street sweeping program. Clean streets and
gutters not only give our town a clean and well kept appearance, they
help to reduce traffic accidents and air pollution caused by dirt and
It is important to sweep up as much dirt
and debris as possible to prevent pollutants and sediment from entering
the storm water system and eventually into local waterways. A
successful sweeping program helps to keep the town in compliance with
the federally mandated Clean Water Act. Annually, the Town hauls
approximately 200 cubic yards of dirt and debris from street sweepings
to the landfill. This does not include the leaves that are swept up
during the fall leaf sweeping season.
Operations The Storm Drainage
Division operates one mechanical type sweeper full time throughout the
year, and one air operated vacuum type sweeper during leaf season. The
town is divided into sweeping districts and each district is swept on an
as needed basis. Old Town Windsor and areas where there are larger
mature trees are swept several times each week during leaf season. The
downtown district is swept approximately 20 times each year during the
early morning hours, before cars begin parking at local businesses.
Sweepers cover over 300 curb miles of street each year. Other sweeping
responsibilities include sweeping of parking lots, citizen complaints,
traffic accidents, debris spills in the roadway, and special events.
How You Can Help Windsor residents can help by removing vehicles off the street if you see a sweeper in the area. Please keep trash cans, basketball hoops & other sports equipment, and other obstructions out of the street. It is also helpful if citizens keep trees branches and small brush trimmed back so the sweeper can sweep the curb line.
Leaves, Grass Clippings and Debris
As a reminder, it is illegal to place trash, branches, and debris in the street. It is also illegal to blow or rake grass clippings and leaves into the street. The sweeper cannot pick up large debris and piles of leaves. The leaves that fall into a resident’s yard are their responsibility to pick up. This falls under Littering in Chapter 7, Article 2 Section 7-2-30 of the Town of Windsor Municipal Code. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in keeping Windsor streets clean.