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No, please put your leaves into the green cart/bin. The street sweepers cannot pick up large piles of leaves; the vehicle is designed to pick up smaller debris and if it comes into contact with the pile of leaves, it will spread the leaves all over the street. There is a special leaf clean-up conducted by Milpitas Sanitation during the fall/winter to specifically handle this issue.
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Street Sweeping Services are provided by Milpitas Sanitation; they can be contacted directly at 408-988-4500. Street sweeping services are not conducted by City of Milpitas staff. If there is something that you wish to bring to the City's attention, you can contact the Solid Waste Team by email.
There is a lot of area to cover for the street sweeper so the time that the sweeper arrives in your neighborhood may change from week to week. If the vehicles are not moved, then the street sweeper cannot sweep the gutter (curb). Litter and debris by the curb will be washed down the storm drain and negatively impact our environment. However. after the sweeper comes through a neighborhood, you are more than welcome to resume parking on the street; just give it a chance to clean the area first.
The street sweeper vehicle(s) have a lot of ground to cover and may be on its way to another neighborhood area. If it was not driving at 5 mph with the brooms down, then it may not be your neighborhood's street sweeping day. You can double check your street sweeping schedule at Milpitas Sanitation's website.
There may be two reasons for this. The first is that everyone, including the drivers of the vehicles, are required to take breaks per California's Meal and Break law. The second is that the driver may be reviewing the sweeping routes before moving onto the next area.