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  • City-wide Street Sweeping & Spring Cleaning Begins Monday, March 23
    Each year at the beginning of spring, crews from the Department of Transportation& Environmental Services (T&ES) increase efforts to clean city streets, helping to keep our neighborhoods and commercial corridors clean and protect our waterways. Litter, debris, and leftover grit from winter road maintenance can clog storm sewers and pollute our lakes and rivers. This year’s effort begins Monday, March 23 and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete one pass cleaning the City’s 560 lane miles of streets. By the conclusion of this year's sweeping, 840 lane miles will have been swept. City crews are posting “No Parking” signs in some neighborhoods and conducting commercial corridor sweeping, which will take place at night from 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. However, due to parked cars, some curbs are not accessible to motorized sweepers. Residents can help by cleaning the curb in front of their home and ensuring that nearby storm drains are not blocked. Street sweeping debris can be thrown away during regular trash collection. Residents can also request street cleaning on their block by using Call.Click.Connect.or calling 703.746.4357 (HELP).

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Street Sweeping & Cleaning

The Street Cleaning program is responsible for street sweeping and cleaning throughout the City. The crews sweep approximately 30,000 lane miles each year. The Street Cleaning program is also responsible for annual collection of leaves through the Annual Leaf Collection. All these programs keeps Alexandria’s street aesthetically pleasing as well as safe.

For more information or concerns about street cleaning, please call 703-746-4410.

Ornamental Litter Can Program

The Street Cleaning program is responsible for maintaining all ornamental litter collection containers throughout the City. The crews maintain approximately 800 litter collection containers throughout the City.

For more information about the program, please call 703-746-4410.

Adopt-a-Block Litter Program

The City of Alexandria City Council approved the Adopt-A-Block Litter Program to promote partnerships between the City and Alexandria residents to maintain litter free neighborhoods and streets. The City’s Adopt-A-Block program is modeled after the Virginia Adopt-A-Block Highway Program introduced in 1988 by the Virginia Department of Transportation to “Keep Virginia Beautiful”.

  • Why Do People Litter?  According to research conducted by Keep America Beautiful, Inc, it was found that people litter because they:
    • Feel no sense of ownership for the property or land
    • Believe someone else will pick up after them
    • See litter has already accumulated at a site.
  • How can I help to change people’s attitudes about litter?  Participating in the Adopt-a-Block program can help affect people’s attitudes about waste and its handling, which will lead to a reduction in litter and dumping.
    • By removing litter, graffiti and cleaning up an area will make it less likely to attract more waste.
    • Involving people helps them to appreciate the environment more and learn that their actions matter.

Adopt-a-Block Participants Responsibilities 

  1. Review the Adopt-a-Block Agreement. - *Participating groups must be a permanently established business, government entity, or community or public organization. Participants must be at least 8 years of age, and anyone under the age of 17 must have adult supervision (at least one adult for every three children).
  2. Adopt a four-block section, at a minimum, of roadway for a period of two years (one block includes both sides of the street.)
  3. Sign and support the terms and conditions of the litter program.
  4. Collect litter a minimum of four times per year, or more often if necessary to keep area reasonably clean.  Please report the amount of litter collected and any sidewalk issues, street lamp outages, etc by completing and returning the Adopt-a-Block Clean Up Report Form. 

City Solid Waste Division Adopt-a-Block Responsibilities 

  1. Installation of an Adopt-a-Block sign with group name or organization
  2. Provide vests, trash bags, and gloves to each Group Leader
  3. Coordinate publicity efforts with the group to solicit local media coverage, as requested
  4. Remove filled bags and large heavy or hazardous items found or reported from the adopted area following clean-ups

To Adopt-a-Block, contact the Solid Waste Division at 703-746-4410.

Current Adopt-a-Block Participants: 

  • Alexandria Democratic Committee
  • Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association
  • Earth Tech
  • Environmental Policy Commission
  • MOM's Organic Market
  • Senior Craftsman
  • Virginia Tech National Capital Region
  • The Interceptors Group
  • Tau Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa – NVCC
  • PMA Properties
  • Northern VA Juvenile Detention Home - The New Beginnings Program
  • Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc
  • The Robinson's
  • The Cameron Family
  • Covanta
  • Visionary Integration Professionals, Inc (VIP)
  • Denese Faulkner
  • The Pointe at Park Center
  • NOVA
  • Alexandria-Washington Chapter, DeMolay International
  • Alexandria City Chapter Top Ladies of Distinction
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Upper King Street Neighborhood Association



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Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.751.2569

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