Sweeping starts every spring between April and May, weather permitting. Arterial roads are swept first followed by residential streets.
As our sweepers make their rounds in the city, Cars parked on narrow roads may need to move for a few hours while we complete our work. If your street is affected, you’ll see a sign posted a couple days in advance, so you have time to find a temporary, alternate parking spot.
If your car is parked on a street scheduled for sweeping, it will be towed.
Report debris or spills on your street
To report debris or a spill (gravel, manure, garbage, etc.), we need the following information:
- Name of the street
- Nearest building number
- Name of the nearest cross-street
- Description of the debris or spill
Debris spills are addressed on a priority basis.
To report a spill with an environmental concern, please contact the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) at 1-800-268-6060.
Street sweeping protects Guelph’s drinking water
Street sweeping clears all 581 kilometres of City streets of sand and salt deposited during our winter control operations and other debris.
Aside from keeping our streets neat and tidy, spring street sweeping protects water quality and the environment by keeping pollutants out of Guelph’s ponds, rivers and streams. It also keeps storm drains clear of debris so rain and melted snow have somewhere to go. Learn how you can help protect Guelph’s source water.