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Providence street sweeping and yard waste collection start this month

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From the City:


Mayor Taveras Kicks Off Citywide Springtime Street Sweeping Program

Temporary ‘alternate side of the street’ parking rules will be in effect to accommodate aggressive street sweeping schedule

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras kicked off a citywide street sweeping program after a snowy winter that left sand and debris on roads throughout Providence. Ward 7 City Councilman John Igliozzi joined Mayor Taveras to kick off the street sweeping initiative in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

“I am pleased to begin the process of cleaning Providence’s streets after a long winter,” said Mayor Taveras. “Crews will be working on an aggressive schedule to give our Capital City the spring cleaning it needs and deserves.”

Cleaning crews will work first shift and third shift for six weeks to sweep all streets in Providence, making roads more passable for bicyclists and pedestrians. Crews will simultaneously begin work to sweep main streets and clean neighborhood roads throughout the city. The Department of Public Works has hired an outside vendor to supplement the city’s street sweeping resources.

“Sweeping all city streets will not only enhance the appearance of our neighborhoods, but will make it easier for residents to walk and bike on our roads,” Councilman Igliozzi said.

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Mayor’s Office: Super Storm Sandy Frequently Asked Questions

When will my trash be picked up?

Trash collection resumed today in the neighborhoods that normally have their trash picked up on Mondays and Tuesdays. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Wednesdays should put their bins and cans out to the curb tonight. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Thursdays should put their bins and cans out tomorrow night. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Friday should put their bins and cans out on Friday night.

Is yard waste being collected this week?

No. Waste Management and the City of Providence agreed to suspend yard waste pick-up this week to redirect all available resources to trash and recycling pick up. Yard waste pick-up will resume on Monday, November 5. Leaves, branches and other yard debris must be placed in paper yard bags or put out in open barrels clearly labeled ‘YARD WASTE.’ Branches must be bundled together and cut to less than four feet.

What do I do with larger fallen branches and trees?

Please contact the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (421-2489) by November 9 to be placed on a waiting list for the City’s Forestry Division. Residents must bring the debris to the curb. The Forestry Division will not pick up debris on private property and will only collect debris from private residences that have requested assistance from the Office of Neighborhood Services. If you hire a private contractor to clear debris, they are responsible to take the debris away. The Forestry Division will only collect debris caused by the storm.

What, if any, assistance is available for damage to personal property?

If your home was damaged during the storm, please contact your insurance company. If a city-owned tree caused damage, instruct your insurance company to file a claim with the City of Providence. If a city-owned tree has fallen onto your property OR if a tree from your property has fallen on a public sidewalk or street, please contact the Forestry Division (785-9450) to have it removed.

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