When does Sumner generally sweep its streets?

If not pouring rain or icy, the street sweeper follows this general schedule and route:
Thursdays, 8 am – 4:30 pm neighborhoods, 1-2 times per month
Friday, start at 2 am, arterials, Main Street and parking lots
When leaves fall, every chance we can get, Monday through Friday!

What can you do to help?

There are things you can do to help make sure the sweeper can successfully clean in front of your home or business.

  • Keep tree branches pruned back and up so that they don’t scrape the sweeper.
  • Do not actively add to the sweeper’s garbage.  Pushing leaves, litter and animal droppings into the street hinders the sweeper.  Please dispose these items in other more appropriate ways.
  • If you park your car on the street, try parking it elsewhere on Thursdays or Fridays (depending on where you live) so that the sweeper does not have to swerve around your car and leave that section of the street unswept.

Why do you sweep in the middle of the night?

Two reasons: first, many drivers don’t like being stuck behind the sweeper on arterials and there are, of course, less drivers on the road in the middle of the night.  Second, the sweeper is another pair of eyes on our streets to help notify police if they see anything out of the ordinary when most everyone else is asleep.