The Street / Storm Drain Collections Department will do a soft roll out our new weekly street sweeping program on May 15, 2023. Full implementation will begin on June 12, 2023. The soft roll out will allow for residents to learn their particular sweep day and allow for the City to fine tune progressions through each designated zone. Please help us to implement this program by visiting the City of Burlington Website at https://burlingtonwa.gov/ in order to discover what day each week we will be in your neighborhood. Also, as you learn your day, please spread the word to your neighbors. The color coded and numbered zone map clearly shows when the City will be on your street. Click here for Street Sweeper Map
The Street Dept. Team will be looking for assistance with making sure all paved sections of the street are cleared on your designated sweep day. Examples of items to be removed include but are not limited to the following: (Running or Not) Vehicles, Boats, Trailers, RV’s, Garbage Cans, Ramps, Basketball Hoops, etc.
Street Sweeping is a vital function of the City’s comprehensive Street and Storm Drain maintenance program. In addition to enhancing the appearance of our commercial and residential streets, sweeping serves as an important factor in preventing pollutants from entering the Storm Drain system which eventually empties into Guages Slough and ultimately into the Skagit River. The benefits of street sweeping include the following:
- Removing harmful pollutants such as metal particles and other hazardous waste created by vehicles.
- Protecting fish and wildlife by reducing heavy metals and other pollutants that can enter waterways when it rains.
- Improving water quality. Street sweeping is considered a best management practice (BMP) for controlling and improving water quality.
- Reducing localized flooding during heavy rainfall.
- Reducing storm drain maintenance by keeping storm drains clear and unclogged.
- Enhancing traffic safety by removing debris lying in the roadway.
As the City does not intend to be an undue nuisance in your everyday life, once a sound route is developed within each zone, the City will maintain that in order to minimize any inconvenience to you. The City understands that parking is limited in some areas but we ask that you have vehicles removed on your sweep day. Consider sweep day to be just like garbage day. Upon full implementation of the sweep program failure to have vehicles/obstacles removed may result in tickets, fines, or vehicles being towed per the City of Burlington Municipal Code # 10.12 (click on link below). Please pay particular attention to BMC 10.12.130 and BMC 10.12.140.
The Street Dept. is looking forward to partnering with businesses and residents to work together in order to improve the appearance of our neighborhoods and help the environment by preventing pollutants from reaching the Skagit River. Thank you in advance for your assistance and patience. For any questions, please contact Public Works 360-755-9715.