Colourful Carnival making Green Energy

The world famous Notting Hill Carnival has been running for over 50 years and welcomes approximately two million people as they eat and dance their way along 3.5 miles of Notting Hill’s streets.

Veolia manages the large-scale clean up operation on behalf of Westminster City Council and deployed 50 vehicles and 170 staff amongst the crowds to deliver the challenging clear up task.

The clean up took place during the evenings of Sunday and Monday, starting at around 10:30pm, with the team working through the night until the job was completed. By the time locals woke on Tuesday morning there was no trace of the festival having taken place.

And whilst the festival brought fun and joy to the masses of revellers that attended, Veolia will also ensure the rubbish they left behind becomes a resource in the form of Green Energy. It’s anticipated that over 200 tonnes of rubbish was collected from the event, all of which will be sent to Veolia’s SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility to deliver low carbon electricity and heat to local communities. The amount of recovered energy produced will generate enough power for every attendee to watch the carnival’s television highlights.

The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest clear up events of the year and requires a real team effort to get the job done. I’m proud our team can bring both experience and culture to the day, and that all streets are swiftly returned to normal once the last steel drum is beat.
Helder Branco
Senior Contract Manager for Veolia in Westminster