DPW NEWS! HHW/Shredding/E-Cycling Drop-Off; Snow Deployment Sun; Street Sweeping Pushed Back
DPW’s HHW/E-Cycling/Shredding Drop-Off, Sat., Mar. 1
The DC Department of Public Works will hold its next monthly Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding drop-off Saturday, March 1, 2014 8 am to 3 pm, at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station*. The monthly drop-off is held every first Saturday, except holidays, at Ft. Totten, between 8 am and 3 pm.
During the monthly HHW/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding event, District residents may bring toxic items such as pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids to Ft. Totten, along with computers, televisions and other unwanted electronic equipment. Personal document shredding also is available that day and residents may bring up to five boxes of materials to be shredded. No business or commercial material will be accepted.
For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at www.dpw.dc.gov.
DPW reminds residents that certain batteries (lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts) should be taped before being brought to Ft. Totten. Lithium-based batteries are most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras and laptops. Also, hearing aids, watches and keyless remotes typically use button cells, containing lithium. To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking or electrical tape on the batteries’ terminals. Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape. Examples are pictured on the next page. Place these batteries in a separate container from other batteries that don’t require being taped, e.g., A, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries.
*Directions to Ft. Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE: Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street. Directions from additional locations can be found at http://dpw.dc.gov/node/414922.
DPW Pushes Back Street Sweeping To Mar. 10
Parking enforcement will begin March 10.
Tickets are $45.
Motorists advised to obey street sweeping signs.
The Department of Public Works today announced its decision to postpone the start of the 2014 residential street sweeping season to Monday, March 10, due to a heavy snow storm predicted for Monday, March 3. The employees who drive the sweepers are the same employees who drive snow plows and until the streets are clear of snow, the sweepers will be ineffective.
“In the District, the start of the street sweeping program is as much a harbinger of spring as jelly beans and crocuses,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We are disappointed that winter snow is forcing us to delay cleaning those streets that haven’t seen a sweeper since October 31.”
Director Howland suggested motorists use this extra week to familiarize themselves with the signs that designate which streets have restricted parking during sweeping hours. Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. Parking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, March 10.
“The residential street sweeping program is among our most successful operations to keep DC streets clean,” said Director Howland. “We have expanded it over the years to accommodate more and more residents willing to move their cars to allow the sweepers access to the curb lane where debris and pollutants collect.”
Mr. Howland noted DPW established March 1 through October 31 in 2012 as residential street sweeping season and this information appears on the signs where the program is in effect. He asked motorists to obey the times parking is restricted. “A supervisor follows behind the sweeper and may require the block to be swept again, so don’t park until the end of the posted sweeping period,” he said. Beginning March 10, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.
DPW street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter and pollutants by brushing them onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. The sweeper also emits a fine spray of water to help control dust. In addition to sweeping residential streets during spring, summer and fall, DPW also sweeps commercial streets overnight year-round, and parking restrictions also apply.
For more information about street sweeping, go to www.dpw.dc.gov.
DC Snow Team Into Full Deployment Sun., Mar. 2
Sub-freezing temperatures mean snow will stick to streets and sidewalks.
Icy surfaces will be very slippery.
(Washington, DC) the District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will go into a full deployment Sunday, March 2, putting more than 200 plows on District commercial and residential streets by 2 am Monday, March 3. The forecast calls for a 90% chance for rain and snow early Monday morning and precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain may continue through Monday evening. Possibly 1-3 inches of snow may accumulate but this can change. Temperatures will be in the low 30sF.
“The prediction of freezing rain makes this storm more dangerous than if we were expecting only snow,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Travel will be difficult whether on foot or by motor vehicle so please take every precaution to move about safely.”
He added that ice can accumulate on tree limbs, which can then pull down power lines and lead to power outages from downed wires. Should power outages occur, Pepco strongly urges the public to call 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) to report power outages and downed wires (stay away from downed wires and report them immediately).
Residential and commercial property owners are asked to apply an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, rock salt or deicer before the storm begins. They also should be aware that sidewalks must be cleared of snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm.
Winter Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips: Motorists are asked to clear all snow from the vehicle first then drive cautiously. Assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing their sidewalks. Also, for plow drivers’ safety, “Don’t crowd the plow.” Residents are encouraged to go to snow.dc.gov for updates before, during and after winter storms, and for tips to get one’s home and family prepared for inclement weather. Residents also may sign up at alert.dc.gov to receive emergency alerts and notifications from Alert DC. To track the plows, go to snow.dc.gov and click on Track Our Plows: http://snowmap.dc.gov/.
Kevin B. Twine
Office Of The Director
Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
DPW Main: 202-673-6833
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