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Here's the latest in sweeping news from our Editor:
June 21st of 2022 marked WorldSweeper's 17-year anniversary.
It is with great pleasure that we report WorldSweeper's free monthly e-newsletter is the recipient of an international APEX Award for Publication Excellence. This marks the 10th year in a row that our newsletter has won an APEX and the 16th year in a row of the 17-year existence of the WorldSweeper.com website that some aspect of the overall project has won an APEX. Sign up here to receive our newsletter in your in-box each month.
Our December e-newsletter contained info on Minnesota starting to provide credits for street sweeping; Victory Sweepers' announcement on new UNO single-engine sweeper; results of a study about microplastics from tires entering waterways; FleetOwners' link to how to diagnose diesel aftertreatment headaches; news about how Forest Lake, MN, enhanced its sweeping and earned a clean water funding grant.
Other important past news included...
Our feature article on San Diego's proactive sweeping program.
Link to a seminar that provides information about the rising importance of pollution insurance for sweeping contractors.
Bruce Christianson and ND-based Pro Sweep, Inc. won the Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2022. Pro Sweep cleans the streets of 60 cities and does 4,000 parking areas in their 10 months of weather-available operation. And, most importantly, the company hasn't had a safety infraction or on-the-job injury in its 21-year existence!
If you are a sweeping contractor, you might want to read Mark Schwarze's suggestions for you.
In one of the most important developments ever for street sweeping, both Florida and Minnesota will be providing credits worth millions of dollars to municipal MS4s in those respective states. These are being paid because studies done by those states have found that removal of phosphorus to be from seven to 150 times more cost-effective to do than the next best BMP, which involves catchbasins.
If you care about phosphorus removal from the runoff stream, our article and Zoomcast with Randy Neprash is a 'must watch.' Randy is a leader in Minnesota's move to providing phosphorus removal credits to MS4s based directly upon amount of debris collected via a sweeper.
Did you know that Charles Brooks, a Black man, was one of the first US inventors of a street sweeper?
Check out this article and video on sweeping's value for the environment.
How many of my industry predictions for 2021 would you say actually took place?
We love the heart-warming story about a group of kids in India who built their school's elderly custodian a 'grounds sweeper.'
The pavement-based pollutant removal ability of a wide variety of BMPs has shown street sweeping to be the most cost-effective of all by a significant margin. Check out the new comprehensive study that involved 14 Florida municipalities.
Our editor interviewed Rod Moore, general manager for 40+ year C&J Parking Lot Sweeping, about what accounted for the company's continuing success. What Rod has to say about the concept of providing outstanding customer service in this 17-minute video is food for thought for most any type of service business.
GPS is one of the best ways to monitor performance; here is an article telling how to get more 'operator buy-in' via turning GPS data into a positive experience via game-playing.
After a cost assessment of implementing Chesapeake Bay requirements tallied up to more than $1 billion, the county sought a less expensive solution. A study on the costs of storm water management practices prepared for the Maryland Department of the Environment Science Services Administration found that air street sweepers provided the lowest average annual cost over 20 years per impervious acre treated.
WorldSweeper surveyed eight U.S. cities about their sweeping practices. The results may surprise you.Did you know that over 40% of the tickets nationwide are for not moving vehicles prior to sweeping?
We now have on the WorldSweeper website an in-depth analysis of the City of San Jose, California's street sweeping program. The report – which is 72 pages in length – is entitled "Street Sweeping: Significant Investment and Re-tooling are Needed to Achieve Cleaner Streets." We highly recommend anyone involved with street sweeping read the report. Complete info is at this link.
Risk transfer clauses are becoming a regular part of mall and third party contracts. Every sweeping contractor needs to read this article that discusses how to recognize and defend against risk transfer clauses.
Next time one of your sweeper operators complains about their job, we suggest to show them the dangers of being a sweeper in Jamaica, where most of the sweeping is done manually amidst drivers that a U.S. contractor calls "maniacs." Is one of your operator's problems that they might have to "jump into the nearby crocodile-infested swamp"?!
Have you wondered how to tell a prospect or client how they can tell a quality sweeping contractor? Check out the article I wrote for Retail Facility Business on this topic.
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"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, like Shakespeare wrote poetry.
"Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
April 9, 1967
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