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What is SWEEP?  

SWEEP is Streets & Walkways Education and Enforcement Program, the City-run program created to educate Philadelphia citizens about their responsibilities under the Sanitation Code. SWEEP enforces the law against violators through intensified street patrols by uniformed litter enforcement officers, computerized tracking of code violation notices, and speedy adjudication of violations. Through education and enforcement, SWEEP supports and enhances individual and community efforts to maintain a clean City. 
Why is SWEEP needed?   

A clean city is a better place to live and work. Clean cities attract shoppers, tourists, and new businesses. Keeping Philadelphia litter-free will enhance the city's image and economic vitality. Compliance with the sanitation laws is also cost effective, since keeping litter off the streets to begin with is less expensive than cleaning it up. 
How does SWEEP work?  

Specially trained civilian officers meet with the individuals responsible for the operation of businesses and apartment buildings to review cleanup responsibilities. SWEEP officers will work with residential communities to address problem locations. In cases of non-compliance, SWEEP officers will issue warnings and citations to the appropriate individuals. 
Where does SWEEP operate?  

SWEEP is a citywide program, with emphasis on commercial areas.
What are the advantages of SWEEP?  

SWEEP is a comprehensive, centralized, and accessible resource for information about the Sanitation Code. Intensified patrols by SWEEP officers will increase awareness of the Sanitation Code, reduce the number of violations, and hold violators accountable--making Philadelphia a cleaner and safer place to live and to do business.