City of Trenton

Service Department

Street Sweeping Program

Image of Street Sweeper in Action


The Public Works Department is responsible for sweeping the streets within the city’s right-of-way. There are approximately 94 road miles to maintain within city limits.  The street sweeper runs two to three days per week in the spring and summer covering as many lane miles as possible normally. Our downtown areas as well as our higher traffic roadways will receive more attention as these accumulate debris quicker than local or cul-de-sac streets.  We sweep arterial and collector streets twice per month, the downtown area two times per week and residential streets at least six times per year.

Our sweeper plays an important role in the protection of the aquifer from potential contaminates. Our city relies on an intricate system of leaching wells throughout our town to dissipate storm water. Trenton has little to no storm sewers empting to the river. Over 95% of our storm water is handled on site by the use of leaching wells. This is why we work diligently with street sweeping throughout the year to minimize the amount of these contaminants that enter these leaching wells and diminish their ability to dissipate storm water. 

In addition to keeping the streets clean, sweeping reduces health hazards by ensuring trash doesn't accumulate and become a harborage for insects and rodents.

Our sweeper will also respond to special requests for immediate pickup of debris creating traffic problems, such as broken glass, loose stone, mud, etc -  please call 513.988.6304 ext. 150 and ask for Sharon

Leaching Wells

A leaching well is basically made up of three barrel sections of large concrete storm pipe, each section measuring 6’ wide by 3’ tall, stacked on end in the ground to an average depth of 10 to 14 feet.  There are holes in these pipes that allow rain water to escape into the surrounding large rock and finally entering into the ground. These structures work very well with our gravel soil types until debris starts to accumulate in them. Debris such as grass clippings, leaves, trash, motor oil, sticks, newspapers and flyers, etc. Once these items enter a leaching well, they are very difficult to clean out.

How you can assist the Street Sweeping Program

As a resident, you can help us by refraining from blowing your grass clippings into the street. Simply blow them back into your yard or sweep them up and dispose of them properly.