Streets and Sanitation
Functions in the Street Department include maintenance of pavements, drainage systems, sidewalks, curbs and gutters. It also includes street sweeping, mowing right of ways, leaf collection in the fall, and snow and ice removal in the winter. Also included is the maintenance of traffic signs and guardrails, pavement striping and markings, maintenance of most Town owned vehicles, and special support activities for the Virginia Highlands Festival and the Washington Co. Fair and Burley Festival Parade and several smaller civic group and community activities throughout the year.
A fully automated solid waste collection system was initiated in November, 1999 providing rollout containers for weekly curbside service to residential customers. The town also provides monthly cleanup days (first Tuesday of each month) for bulky rubbish and white goods and regular weekly brush collection. Approximately 2,920 tons of refuse was collected in 2007. In addition to the refuse, approximately 2,310 cubic yards of leaves were collected and transported to a facility for composting.
Solid Waste Services
If you have any questions about this service or if you need a cart which is smaller than the standard 96 gallon size, please call the Street & Sanitation Superintendent at 628-2361. You may request an additional cart for a service charge of $3.35 per month for a minimum of six (6) months. Carts are the property of the Town and are furnished without charge.
Other Collection Services
The Town collects the following items at no charge (see collection schedule below):
The Town does not collect the following:
Roll-Out Carts: Once a Week
Recycling & Recyclable Collection Trailers
Recycling is picked up on the same schedule as the roll-out containers. Abingdon’s recycling collection is performed by Waste Management. Please contact 1-800-838-7143 for more information.
Public Works: Streets
The Street Department consists of 25 full time employees and 4 part time employees. The Town’s Street Department handles all repairs, patching, cleaning, painting, paving contracts and right of way mowing. Contact the Street Department at (276) 628-2361.
The Street Department is responsible for clearing all debris from public roadways including litter, dead animals, fallen tree limbs, etc. They also maintain the streets regularly for routine sweeping.
Snow removal in the Town of Abingdon is performed by the Street Department. Priority clearance is provided for main thoroughfares, bus routes, and secondary streets. If there is sufficient snowfall, snow plows are utilized with salt spreaders.
All public street signs including regulatory, warning and guide signs are installed and maintained by the Street Department.
The Street Department is responsible for asphalt patching and repairing potholes in public roadways and parking lots.
Storm drainage systems are cleared of obstructions on a regular basis with critical areas inspected and cleared by the Street Department before, during or after major storms.