Street Sweeping

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Dublin City Council’s overall objective is to keep the city clean and to manage litter using modern and effective street cleansing techniques.

The City Council operates a street cleaning schedule in accordance with the objectives of the Litter Management Plan 2016 – 2018.  Under the targets established in this plan streets within the Central Commercial District, along with main thorough fares etc, will generally be cleaned on a daily basis.  At a minimum all suburban residential streets should be swept at least once every 12 weeks however all such streets are now inspected on a weekly basis by the local area Inspector or Supervisor who will arrange additional or immediate cleanings if they are required.

An ongoing review of waste management operations has established a clear desire to target our existing available resources at specific problem areas and streets with the clear objective of improving the level, frequency and efficiency of the street cleaning services that we provide to the public.  This review effectively divided the City up into six distinct areas broadly in line with Electoral Areas each of which have their own dedicated cleaning teams supervised by an area Inspector.

The City Council has also introduced new technology and equipment which it is expected will contribute significantly to an improved street cleaning service.  At present all litter bins across the city are being fitted with individual tags which, through the use of a user friendly smart phone application, will allow the general public to instantaneously report problems with any litter bin in any area of the city with a few simple clicks of their phones.  This service will be available and operational across the whole of the city from January 2018.  It is expected that these and future innovations will allow us to target our existing resources more effectively and efficiently and free up cleansing staff for additional street cleaning duties.
If any member of the public is concerned about the condition of their street or wishes to report a problem they can still do so by contacting our Customer Services Department on (01) 222 1000 or by logging onto our website and clicking on the “I Want To” button then “Report It” and follow the clear instructions for logging a complaint or service request.

All such requests will be forwarded to the Inspector responsible for their area for assessment and completion.



Image from 1960s Litter awareness campaign

Litter prevention and awareness, involvement of business and the public are key to keeping Dublin City clean.
Street sweeping in the1960’s. The goal now is the same as it was back then. Manual work and equipment are used to sweep and clean the streets.  

Image of 1960's litter truck

Today a modern fleet of cleaning vehicles, technology and equipment are used. This helps provide a highly efficient and flexible standard of service
 Image of modern street cleaner  Image of modern road cleaner


Street Sweeping Information

  • Within the Dublin City Council area there are over 3,500 streets
  • Streets are organised into Street Sweeping Categories:




Area Description


Sweeping Frequency


Cat A


Main City Centre Streets, High Footfall Areas

(E.g. Grafton Street, Henry Street...)

Daily +


Cat B


High Footfall: Other City Centre Streets, Suburban Villages, Neighbourhood Shopping Areas. (Northside and Southside)



Cat B (1)


Medium Footfall: DART and LUAS approach roads, Major Thoroughfares



Cat C


Residential/Industrial Areas


Quarterly or as required following local Inspection


Frequencies above are a minimum for that category; there are streets where that frequency is exceeded on a daily basis.

  • Category A and B streets are a priority.
  • Autumn and Winter: Street sweeping resources may be redeployed from Category C because of snow, ice and leaf fall.

For more information

Dublin City Council
Waste Management Services
68 - 70 Marrowbone Lane
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 1000
Fax: (01) 454 4830  or (01) 222 4509