Street sweeping removes more than 1.3 million pounds of debris in FY17
Street sweeping is one of the important tools to keep pollution from entering the Indian River Lagoon. In the past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017) street-sweeping efforts removed a total of 1,385,000 pounds of debris from City of Melbourne roadways that otherwise would have been washed into the lagoon.
The City of Melbourne runs a street sweeper Monday through Friday to collect debris from known heavy-debris areas in Melbourne. This debris mostly comes from mature trees that regularly drop leaves. A city contractor sweeps an additional 300 curb miles of streets each month.
Street sweeping helps to keep nitrogen and phosphorus out of the Indian River Lagoon. Last year, street sweeping removed 780 pounds of total nitrogen and 500 pounds of total phosphorus.