While visitors to the city gathered to count in 2017, the New Year’s Eve cleansing team patiently waited to begin their clean-up. 120 sweepers worked over night, utilising 50 vehicles including 15 refuse trucks and 32 mechanical sweepers.
By around 4.30am they had managed to clean up the area around the fireworks display in Westminster, before finishing the cleaning of the West End by 6.30am. They then handed over to the New Year’s Day Parade team who continued the effort into the early afternoon.
Cllr Melvyn Caplan, Cabinet Member for City Management, said: “While thousands of people have been enjoying all that Westminster has to offer during this Christmas and New Year’s, our waste and recycling services, along with partners at Veolia, have done an excellent job ensuring our streets are cleared and cleaned during a busy festive period. 120 people worked overnight and then another team went on to clean up after the New Year’s Day Parade – an extraordinary effort. Our Winter Service Plan has also been in effect and continues to ensure that our roads are fully functional no matter what the weather may bring.”
Last year we cleared over 85 tonnes of waste on New Year’s alone, which included an estimated 15,000 Champagne bottles. This waste was used as fuel to generate 45,050 kWh of electricity for London - enough to watch 376,000 hours of TV or travel the entire length of the Jubilee Line.