Street Sweeping Fee

Posted On: October 6, 2016

The City’s street sweeping fee has been included as part of the trash collection bill for many years to address the trash that gathers in streets and gutters. The fee funds all aspects of the sweeping program, a requirement of the Federal Clean Water Act and the National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System’s (NPDES) Best Management Practice (BMP). The purpose of these regulations is to protect storm water systems from intrusion of pollutants and reduce Whittier’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of trash and debris that would otherwise enter the storm drain system. All residents and businesses pay this sweeping fee regardless of which streets are swept since everyone uses streets throughout the community, not just their own street. The fees help Whittier as a whole to comply with regional and national regulations.

The current interim trash collection agreement that commenced on July 1st, requires Republic Services to separately list the street sweeping fee so residents can fully understand what services the solid waste charges cover. Republic Services has always collected this fee on behalf of the City and remitted the entire amount back to the City to fund the program. The monthly fee is currently set at $1.84 and is charged as a flat fee to every customer utility account (residential, commercial, industrial) regardless of property frontage or whether their particular street is swept. The same fee is also applied to the City utility bill sent to customers on the west side of the City and serviced by Athens Services.

The City has two motor sweeper Operators which operate 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All streets are swept at least once every two weeks. If parked cars prevent your street from being swept, you may petition for no parking signs. Click here for more information on that process.