Clean streets provide a sense of order, safety, and make our community more appealing overall. Street sweeping is an important service we provide to our community. Clean streets lead to a better quality of life for all who live and work in San Mateo.
Street Sweeping provides two primary benefits to the residents and businesses of our City:
The collection and removal of small amounts of trash, leaves, and other visible debris that collect in gutters and is otherwise swept to the Bay.
The removal of metal particles and other hazardous waste left by passing vehicles
We call it "street sweeping," but we are actually vacuuming the street. The City of San Mateo uses Regenerative Air Sweepers, which vacuum up particles rather than brushing them into a holding chamber. We use these vacuums because it is the most efficient way to get the invisible particulate matter from automobiles out of the street, and keep it out of the storm water drain system as we are required to do by state and federal law.
Help Keep Our City Clean
You can do your part to keep the city clean by disposing of your garbage in the proper receptacles. Separate garbage into the corresponding Recycling, Compost, and Waste (landfill) bins, and make sure the bin lids are securely closed to stop trash from escaping.