As visitors came together to count in 2018, the New Year’s Eve cleansing team patiently waited to begin their clean-up. 120 sweepers worked overnight, utilising 50 vehicles including 15 refuse trucks and 32 mechanical sweepers.
By around 04:30 they had managed to clean up the area around the fireworks display in Westminster, before finishing the cleaning of the West End by 06:30. They then handed over to the New Year’s Day Parade team who continued the effort into the early afternoon.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, said: “As always, it was a pleasure to welcome thousands to people to Westminster to enjoy New Year.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the work of our waste and recycling teams who work so hard overnight to make sure the streets are clean and ready for the New Year’s Day Parade.
“It really is a mammoth effort and part of what makes Westminster such a wonderful place to visit.”
Last year we cleared over 85 tonnes of waste on New Year’s Day alone, which included an estimated 15,000 Champagne Bottles. Non-recyclable 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.
Westminster’s waste services are operated in partnership with Veolia.