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Sweeping When Raining?

A rainy day can really put a damper on many activities. During the rainy season, a lot of property managers and city leaders cancel regularly scheduled sweeping services. This is an action that causes more harm than good-not only for your streets and parking lots, but also the environment.

All paved surfaces are covered with waste products, whether you can see them or not. There are a lot of chemicals present on your paved surfaces also. These include oil, fuels, grease, metal particles and many other chemicals. When it rains, this waste is washed by rainwater down the storm drains and into the public water system.

Why is this a problem?

Across the U.S., unmanaged stormwater runoff causes severe damage to streams, lakes, and estuaries, especially where land use changes from rural to suburban or urban activities. For example, stromwater runoff pollution has taken a tremedous toll on Puget Sound. In Washington state, stormwater is resposnsible for roughly 30 percent of the pollution in polluted waterways. An overwhelming majority of the four million people who live in the Puget Sound watershed region unwittingly contribute to this stormwater pollution every day.

The Washington State Department of Ecology estimates that 33% of all polluted waters in the state are polluted by stormwater runoff. Stormwater pollution has contributed to closing thousands of acres of productive shellfish growing beaches. Stormwater runoff pollution can also close beaches and contaminate drinking water supplies.

What can I do?

At Clean Sweep, we always recommend that customers maintain regular sweeping services, even during the rainy weeks and months of the year. We will happily work with you to postpone services if it is going to rain during your normal scheduled appointment. Don't cancel your services. Your customers will thank you, and so will the environment.

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A recent Harris Poll revealed that 85% of Americans would not patronize a business with negative online reviews about its cleanliness.
Trash outside your business makes customers not want to return. Clean Sweep can make the customer experience more enjoyable from the minute your customer drives into your parking lot.  

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Parking Lot Sweeping:

Why is it Important?

Parking lot sweeping is a best management practice and a crucial element in positioning your business and brand. Stop and consider how much effort you and your team put into providing positive customer interactions and experiences. Remember that your parking lot is the first interaction customers have with your business. Your parking lot can play a large role in shaping brand perception. An improperly maintained and dirty parking lot can damage perception of your brand before a potential client ever sets foot in the business.

Imagine a parking lot that is full of trash and debris; how would that impact your perception of the business attached to it? If it were a restaurant, would you want to eat there? If it were an apartment complex, would you want to live there? If it were a healthcare facility, would you trust it? If it were a shopping complex, would you buy something there?

Whether or not customers realize it, parking lots can impact how they view the brand, quality of service, trustworthiness, professionalism, cleanliness, attention to detail, and even a business’ stance on environmental responsibility. For this reason, it is imperative to keep parking lots clean and free of trash or debris.

In addition to creating a positive impression for customers, there are a number of other benefits of maintaining parking lots:

  • Discourages Littering: People are less likely to throw trash on the ground in a clean parking lot.
  • Minimizes Pollution: Removing trash, debris and particles prevents it from being washed into storm drains which makes our waterways cleaner.
  • Prevents Erosion: Debris, aggregates, and particles will eventually break down the pavement of your parking lot and plants will begin to grow in the cracks. Asphalt repair is far mroe expensive than a regular parking lot cleaning service.
  • Deters Rodents: The accumulation of trash becomes a feeding ground for disease-ridden rodents and other critters.
  • Avoid Injuries: Large debris can cause injuries to customers, as well as damage to vehicles.

What Can Be Done to Keep A Parking Lot Clean?

  • Add Trashcans: Place trash cans to give customers easy, convenient access.
  • Schedule Routine Sweeping: Implementing a regular maintenance schedule for cleaning your parking lot will ensure that your brand image isn’t tarnished by an unappealing parking lot.


How Can Clean Sweep Help?

Clean Sweep creates customized, strategic cleaning plans that are designed to fit customer needs. Whether your business is a shopping mall, strip center, apartment building, healthcare facility, educational institution, or any other building, we will help protect your business’s image by getting your parking lot in excellent condition.



Chattanooga's Clean Sweep, Inc wins TGF 2019 award presented in Knoxville, Tennessee at UT.Clean Sweep, Inc. and other fleets certified as Tennessee Green Fleets for emission reductions efforts

On Wednesday October 2, 2019, Tennessee Clean Fuels certified five new fleets for their emission reductions via the “Tennessee Green Fleets” Certification Program. The fleets including the BNA bus and shuttle operations fleet managed by ABM Aviation at the Nashville airport, Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) fleet in Oak Ridge, Waste Management’s compressed natural gas fleet operating out of Jackson, TN, the Tennessee State Parks’ fleet of electric golf carts across the state at state golf courses, and last but not least Clean Sweep, Inc.‘s fleet of propane-powered street sweepers in Chattanooga.

The fleets were recognized at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville during the fifth annual Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo, which is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and TNCleanFuels. Two of the fleets utilize CNG as their primary alternative fuel (WM, ABM Aviation), two fleets have electric vehicles in their fleet (Tennessee Golf Trail, ORNL), one uses propane autogas as its primary alternative fuel (Clean Sweep), and one fleet utilizes both of the biofuels E85 ethanol and B20 biodiesel as its primary alternative fuel (ORNL). They are an excellent representation of the diversity of alternative fuels that are used across Tennessee. Read more about each fleet below.

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The Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program was developed jointly by East and Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels, Tennessee’s two Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalitions, with the goal of recognizing the exemplary work of fleets who are working towards alternative fuels adoption and emissions reduction. It utilizes performance-based metrics to analyze any fleet’s vehicle and fuel-use data and compare new actions they have taken to what their footprint would have looked like without those actions.

Chattanooga Clean Fuels Efforts

A points-based, three-star system allows for certification at the 1-, 2- or 3-star level. The Program encompasses all fuel and technology options including biodiesel, natural gas, propane, electric, ethanol, hybrid, idle-reduction and fuel economy strategies such as car share, vanpooling, truck stop electrification, as well as non-automotive forms of transportation like bicycles and shooters. The applicant fleets that receive certification can promote their fleet’s greening efforts and include the certification status in their sustainability portfolio information.

TNGreenFleets’ five newly certified fleets prevented a combined 972.7 tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere in 2018. That tonnage does not include the emissions reductions from the 20 fleets certified from 2016-2018.

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Clean Sweep, Inc., is a stand-out example of how alternative fuels can be used in many unique applications. They run a fleet of sweeper trucks out of Chattanooga, and three of the fleet’s 10 trucks run on propane autogas (LPG). They replaced aging diesel sweepers with gasoline sweepers that were then converted to run on propane. Clean Sweep is a partner for outreach, and just finished showcasing one of their sweepers at the 2019 Southeast Diesel Collaborative meeting in that was held in September 2019 in Chattanooga. ICOM North America was their conversion partner.

2018 COreduction: 6.7 tons / year

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Photo of one of Clean Sweep’s three propane-powered street and parking lot sweepers that was being shown to attendees of the 2019 Southeast Diesel Collaborative’s 14th Annual Meeting held in Chattanooga in September 2019.


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Clean Sweep began their process in 2017. This included a) replacing older diesel sweepers with new gasoline-powered sweepers, then b) having those gas-powered sweepers converted to run on propane autogas. ICOM North America was the selected converter and this photo shows ICOM staff helping Clean Sweep owner Pete Phillips decide on where they would place the propane tank on a new gas sweeper.


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Pete Phillips, owner of Clean Sweep, Inc. in Chattanooga (second from left), posed with ETCleanFuels and ICOM North America staff outside his facility in Chattanooga in 2017 at the beginning of the conversion process.

See Original Article at the Tennessee Clean Fuels Website.
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Chattanooga Event SweepingThe months of fall and winter are packed with fun holiday celebrations. Besides amazing food and time spent with loved ones, the holidays bring parades, festivals, and special events! These special events are a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together. With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, many municipalities are finalizing their Thanksgiving parade plans. Whether for a parade or another special event, it is imperative to have a strategic cleanup plan. Here is a guide to street sweeping for special events:

Make Plans

If you have not already planned for your post-event cleanup, you should act now. After investing countless weeks to prepare for parades and festivals themselves, you shouldn't leave the cleanup phase as an afterthought. Clean Sweep can help you tackle any excess confetti, litter, and miscellaneous debris that dirty the streets after a community event.

Environmental Concerns

It is important to maintain clean streets and lots in a community for aesthetic and environmental purposes. Special events produce a significant amount of debris due to high attendance rates. After a large event, significantly more cleaning is needed than a small group of volunteers  with buckets and pickers can address. Street sweeping is an efficient method of special event cleanup. With minimal time investment, the streets of your community will be back in tidy order, and free of litter and debris that can harm animals or find its way into stormwater. 

Plan For Post Event Traffic

With all the fjoy of holiday events also comes the headache of traffic. Parades are wonderful while they are occurring, but as the last group of marchers passes, attendees become anxious to get on the road home before everyone else. It is important to coordinate with local authorities and the highway department to determine alternate routes for before, during, and after the parade, especially when making plans for post-event street and lot sweeping.

Don't Be Afraid To Ask

Do you still have questions about scheduling special event street sweeping services? If you want to know how long it takes, what type of equipment is used, or the best time frame for the services to occur, it is best to call us directly to get the most accurate information.


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