@DCDPW: Observes Independence Day on July 4 2014

The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today how services will be affected Friday, July 4, 2014, when the District observes Independence Day. Trash and recycling collections and street and alley cleaning will be suspended.  Parking enforcement will be suspended, except in the Nationals Park neighborhood where all parking regulations will be enforced.  DPW also will enforce parking regulations around the Mall in support of the Independence Day celebration and fireworks. Services will resume Saturday, July 5.

Trash/recycling collections:  Friday trash and recycling collections will “slide” to Saturday.  DC regulations allow trash and recycling cans to be in the public space between 6:30 pm the day before trash/recycling collection and 8 pm of the collection day.

Parking EnforcementAll parking regulations will be enforced in the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Additionally, DPW will enforce parking regulations around the Mall from 4th Street to 18th Street,  21st Street between Virginia Avenue and F Street,  23rd Street between Constitution Avenue and C Street, the 14th Street Bridge, I-695, I-295 and SE/SW Freeway where people may park to watch the fireworks.  Food trucks and other vendors also will be towed if parked in unauthorized spaces. Elsewhere, DPW will suspend enforcement of expired meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions.  Also, booting, towing and abandoned vehicle removal will be suspended.  Citywide parking enforcement resumes Saturday, July 5.


Ft. Totten:  The Ft. Totten Transfer Station, located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, will be closed July 4 and will reopen Saturday, July 5, 8 am to 3 pm.  DPW will conduct its weekly household hazardous waste/e-cycling drop-off Saturday, July 5 and because July 5 is the first Saturday of the month, residents also may drop-off personal documents to be shredded. On the first Thursday of each month, DPW accepts household hazardous waste and e/cycling between 1 pm and 5 pm but no documents for shredding will be accepted because DPW cannot secure those items until the vendor is on site July 5. For more details about HHW/e-cycling/document shredding go to http://dpw.dc.gov/service/household-hazardous-waste-e-cycling-document-shredding.


Directions to Ft. Totten:  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. For directions from additional locations, please go to http://dpw.dc.gov/node/414922.

DPW: Next HHW/E-cycling/Document Shredding Event | December 7th, 2013 @ 8AM

The DC Department of Public Works will hold its next monthly Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding drop-off Saturday, December 7, 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. 

To accommodate residents whose religious beliefs prohibit them from using the Saturday drop-off, DPW will accept household hazardous waste and e-cyclables on Thursday, December 5 from 1 pm to 5 pm.  While DPW normally offers personal document shredding during the Saturday event, items to be shredded cannot be accepted on Thursday, December 5 because these documents cannot be protected until the shredding contractor arrives on Saturday.  (DPW usually provides this alternate drop-off day the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month.)  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.

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.