Around 200 tonnes (200,000kg) of rubbish has been successfully cleared from the streets of Notting Hill over 2 days following this year’s Carnival – the equivalent weight of 15 Routemaster buses.
The clean-up operation by Westminster City Council, in partnership with Veolia, got under way within minutes of the close of the street festival; as a team of street cleaners, refuse staff and waste managers along with a huge fleet of vehicles led the clean-up each night.
There were 170 people per night working into the early hours of Monday and Tuesday in an operation involving 60 vehicles (including refuse trucks and mechanical sweepers). The team also used a large motorway vehicle to wash down the roads.
The clean-up lasted 3 hours on Sunday night and 4 hours on Bank Holiday Monday, and finished at 2am on Tuesday 30 August.
Councillor Melvyn Caplan, Cabinet Member for City Management, said: “We are proud to support the Notting Hill Carnival, and provide such an efficient clean-up service to get the streets tidy after one of Europe’s biggest street parties. Through the hard work and commitment of the council and Veolia’s clean-up staff you wouldn’t know that such a huge event had taken place. I know residents and visitors appreciate these efforts to get the neighbourhood back to normal.”
Vincent Masseri, Veolia's Senior Contract Manager, said: "The Notting Hill Carnival is such a fantastic event for the capital and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in ensuring the clean-up went smoothly. The recyclable materials collected by the Veolia Westminster team have been sent for processing and the remaining waste will be converted to green energy - generating approximately 97,200kWh of electricity."
The rubbish collected will be converted into green electricity and heat, creating enough energy to power 60,000 hot showers or travel the entire length of the District line on the London Underground (64 miles).