Street Cleaning

Street Cleaning

Street cleaning is conducted from April 1 to November 30 to eliminate litter, debris, and leaves from the streets. It's also a cost effective way to collect any pollutants that are on the street before they wash into the storm sewer system, rivers and lakes.

2015 Schedules

Schedule for Streets with Parking on One Side of the Street

Streets with parking on one side only have their own street sweeping schedule, and are swept once each month on Mondays. 

One-sided Street Cleaning Schedule 
(Calles con estacionamiento en solo un lado)

Schedule for Streets with Parking on Both Sides of the Street (Primary Routes & Residential Streets)

Primary Routes, shown at the top of the two-sided street cleaning schedule below, are swept bi-weekly. Residential Streets, shown at the bottom, are swept tri-weekly.

Two-sided Street Cleaning Schedule
(Calles con estacionamiento en ambos lados)

(Not sure if your street is considered a Primary Route or Residential Street? View the Street Sweeping Zone Map.)

sweeping-zones-small.jpgStreet Cleaning Rules and Information

April 1, 2015, marks the beginning of the City of Evanston’s street sweeping season. In March, residents received in the mail the Public Works Department’s newsletter, which outlines the 2015 street sweeping schedule and rules.

On April 1, City crews began their street sweeping rounds and will continue through November 30, 2015. Residents are asked to abide by the street cleaning schedule found on existing street signs. The City has three street cleaning schedules:

  • One-sided Street Sweeping Schedule (streets with one-sided parking only) where streets are swept on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
  • Bi-weekly Street Sweeping Schedule (primary/high volume streets) where streets are swept according to the four sweeping zones between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.; and
  • Tri-weekly Street Sweeping Schedule (regular/residential streets with parking on either side) where streets are swept according to the four sweeping zones (Districts 3 and 4 are divided into areas A and B) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Parking is prohibited only on the sides and dates indicated on the street signs and on the schedule. Some zones may include business districts that are posted with signs indicating they are swept between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. The downtown area is swept on Mondays between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Parking will be prohibited as indicated and residents are reminded to always check the street signs before parking their cars.

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Illegally parked cars in One-sided Street Sweeping areas may be subject to a ticket and towing charge. For all other street cleaning areas, only tickets will be issued. The ticket for violating the street cleaning ordinance is $30. After 10 days, it increases to $50. If the vehicle is towed, then there will also be a tow charge of  $145 plus storage charges when the resident picks up his or her vehicle from North Shore Towing. The City of Evanston may, from time to time, post parking restrictions for a special street cleaning in limited areas of the city. The ticket and towing laws apply to these special postings as well.

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Residents are also reminded that raking debris into the streets is illegal. Violators will be fined. 

Click here >>> for the printable 2015 Public Works Newsletter (including street sweeping schedules).
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2015 "Evanston Life" Special Edition for Public Works (Including Street Cleaning Schedules)





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