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Posted on: July 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Street Sweeper Naming Contest

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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.

Storm Drains

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

? 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.

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