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Seasonal Street Sweeping Begins in Earnest on August 1

Though residents have spotted our Street Sweepers in neighborhoods throughout the city, they have also noted that the Street Sweepers are providing just an In and Out operations since April due to Covid concerns. Weighing residents’ feedback on the uncleanliness of streets while trying to provide the most effective and safety conscious operation we can under challenging circumstances, Public Works with the assistance of Traffic, Transportation and Parking will begin a new approach to tackling Street Sweeping.

Beginning August 1, all 15 street sweeping routes will be “ticketed” routes.  The month of August will be a grace period with only warnings given to violators of the Street Sweeping “No Parking” signs. Once September begins, tickets will be issued to violators of the “No Parking” postings. Towing will cease to exist for street sweeping operations.

Check out our STREET SWEEPING  page to download seasonal schedule, sign-up for notifications (New Haven Alerts) and find your route so you can receive reminders about street sweeping in your neighborhood. 

Familiar Faces

These are the faces of your neighbors, friends and family members. Each plays a role in sewing together the fabric of a “home based” production team. Some wash, some iron, some cut, some tie strings but all have played a role in creating the fabric masks you will spot on several of our city departments. The “mask creator volunteers” rival any factory-based production team. While socially distancing in their homes, the mask volunteers numbering close to 30 people have outfitted first responders (NHPD) and vulnerable community members at food banks, assisted living programs, foster children. We at Parks and Public Works have had the good fortune to be “masked” by these talented community volunteers and we extend our “Thanks” to the familiar faces of our neighbors! - Please click here to read the full story


Public Works Working in the Age of Covid-19

Recently featured on the Route 34 Billboard was Public Works Mike Dorsey as he follows the Mayor’s health guidelines by wearing a mask in his daily duties. Mike is not alone in adopting the “new normal” around our work environment as staff slowly adjusts to assuring a Covid-free environment.

Our Trash and Recycling crews have maintained their scheduled Refuse routes without missing a beat during this Emergency period. Added to their efforts, our garage crew has been able to maintain social distancing while supporting the operations of our fleet.

Small rotating street crews have helped respond to residents’ issues including removing illegal bulk items, patching potholes, litter poking and street sweeping along the arterials to keep New Haven as clean as possible during this Emergency. Several of our streets crew have helped respond to construction situations for a quick assist with street issues while lending an assist to ready the skating rink area.

Street Crews are responding to resident issues including; removing illegal bulk items, patching potholes, litter poking, and street sweeping in a Non-Tag Non-Tow ONLY capacity based on our Seasonal Schedule. Trash and Recycling crews have been following refuse schedules throughout. Our Resident Services has also been answering the (203) 946 - 7700 line asking for patience as they too learn to maneuver in the new normal.


Spring Season Simply Changed

Spring may have arrived by the calendar, but it has brought a different look to our human landscape. What has remained the same “spring cleaning” both inside houses and outside properties.

Leaf bags left at the curb are being picked up on trash and recycling days. Remember to use brown bags and/or clean barrels to ensure that leaves are clean (no twigs, sticks, rocks) and compostable. Branches 4 feet in length and tied in bundles not exceeding 1 foot in diameter will be picked up as well.

Yard waste can be brought to our Residential Waste Center at 260 Middletown Avenue. Until full operations return and coupons resume, residents can bring yard waste, small bulky items and electronics to the Residential Waste Center with a valid New Haven address on an id.