Street Sweeping


Street Sweeping

When crews are actively sweeping, you can see our web map by clicking on the link below. The map shows the areas that have been swept, the areas that are being swept during the current day, and the estimated days that other areas will be swept.

April 8, 2024: 

This week, Richfield Public Works began their annual spring street sweeping efforts across the City. The goal of the spring sweep is to collect all the debris, garbage, sediment, and salt that has accumulated over the winter months and keep that material out of our storm sewer systems and ultimately our ponds, lakes, and streams. Following the conclusion of this spring sweep, crews will sweep the whole city again in late May or early June to collect all the tree buds and other organic debris from the spring growing season.

As of April 8, 2024, crews will focus on the major roads throughout town (County Roads & 77th  & 76th Streets) before they move into residential areas later that week or early the week of April 15th. As that schedule is solidified, the street sweeping map will be updated (link below). The exact pattern that crews will take through residential neighborhoods is not an exact science, as plans are frequently changed due to weather, equipment issues, avoiding garbage days, or other emergencies that may require the attention of Public Works staff.


Can I do anything to help with street sweeping?

Yes! Periodically, you can:

  • Clean (sweep out) the catch basins on your street
  • Sweep grass clippings back into your yard after mowing

DO NOT push or rake leaves, grass, or other debris into the street. It is illegal and prohibited by City Code.

During street sweeping operations you can:

  • Remove your car(s) from the street until both sides of the street have been cleaned
  • Remind your neighbors to remove their car(s) from the street

When and why does the City sweep streets?

The City attempts to clean all city streets four to six times per year. We want to collect the debris before it enters the storm water system. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into nearby lakes and rivers, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

The debris collected by street sweeping is hauled to various locations for disposal. Leaves are hauled away to be composted and remaining debris is hauled to approved landfills.

Typically, we sweep streets during:

  • Late Spring (April-May)
  • Early Summer (June)
  • Fall (late September-November)

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?

  • Questions about street sweeping? Contact Public Works at 612-861-9170
  • Concerns about a car(s) parked continuously in the same location for over 48 hours? Contact Public Safety at 612-861-9800