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What’s the point of street sweeping? Essentially, street sweeping helps keep the area clean, which in turn promotes
public health and safety. Debris-free areas ensure that residents and visitors are safe and reduce the likelihood of
vehicle damage. Keeping streets clean is one of the easiest and most impactful ways cities can do for long-term
pavement care and risk management. Plus, clean streets just look better!
Health and Safety
Trash-filled roads are hazardous. Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists may have to maneuver to avoid hitting debris,
which could lead to accidents. Some garbage could be dangerous for humans too, especially sharp objects like
nails or metal (which can also damage cars!) In addition to reducing hazards, street sweeping has some other
health and safety perks. Buildups of garbage attract rodents, bugs, and other critters. This could pose a safety risk, and animals -- including pets -- could ingest something harmful causing further issues.
If trash and debris clog the storm drains then where will all of the water go if there is a storm? That is why many
cities use street sweepers to keep the streets clean and to protect the town in case of a storm. Street sweeping
helps remove debris from the gutter and roadsides that would otherwise go into storm drains, causing water pollution.
City of Columbus has a new Street Sweeper and it needs a name!
How to Enter the Street Sweeper Contest age 5+ (adults too!)
? Contest runs August 3—August 24, 2020 ~ 3:00 pm deadline
? Entries must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
? Names will be judged on Creativity, Relevancy to Public Works, & Memorability
? A City Staff Committee will select the winner
? Winner will be announced at the September 1, 2020 City Council Meeting
? Winner will receive a ride in the newly named Street Sweeper PLUS a $50 gift card to a local Columbus Chamber Business of choice.